I am a DNS newbie (although an experienced developer), so I hope someone can help me understand what I need to do.
A number of years ago, I set up a website for a non-profit organization. I'd like to get them using Google Apps for docs, calendaring, and email, while keeping the current website hosted where it is.
Currently, we have a simple DNS set up: at Dotster, we have the webhost's nameservers (let's say, "ns1.webhost.com", "ns2.webhost.com") configured.
From Google's instructions, it looks like I need to add CNAME record(s) to direct subdomains to Google (e.g., "docs.organization.org") and MX record(s) to direct email to Google also.
Dotster offers "advanced" DNS management, which allows adding these additional records. However, they require using their nameservers (let's say, "ns1.dotster.com", "ns2.dotster.com") for the domain if this is enabled.
My question is this: if I enable DNS management, and I set ns1.dotster.com and ns2.dotster.com as the nameservers for the domain, can I set up my CNAME for docs.organization.org and my MX for Google, and pass the rest of the DNS mapping on to ns1.webhost.com (so that I don't have to maintain the IP address of the actual machine)? If so, how do I do that?
Secondary question: I'm irritated that Dotster wants to charge us $10/year for DNS management. Any recommendations for better domain name providers who include DNS management?