I just setup a site where my friend registered the domain name and I hosted it. I figured that all I needed to give him was the nameservers to use, however, even after entering them, the site still didn't resolve (even after 48 hours, so it wasn't propogation).
It wasn't until he updated the A-record's IP address to point to my server that it worked.
My question is this, doesn't specifying an IP address in the A-record defeat the purpose of the nameservers?
In other words, I expected the sequence to look something like this:
.com -> domain registrar's DNS -> specified nameservers -> my server IP
Instead, I wonder whether the third step is skipped and it goes straight from the domain registrar's DNS to my IP (via the A-record), rendering the nameservers useless.
.com -> domain registrar's DNS -> my server IP
To complicate matters, he's using GoDaddy, so it's not as clean and clear as it might otherwise be.