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Local and Website have same domain name

Currently have a local domain named the same as their website. They are unable to browse to their website. Should the domain be renamed to include a subdomain or are there simple dns records that can be added?
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Renaming a Windows domain is a major pain, but probably the best long-term solution. Just making the local domain a subdomain of the public one is not really adequate.

A useful convention is to abbreviate the public domain name for internal use. For example, the owners of theshinywidgetcorporation.com might use tswc.local as their local internal domain name; you can see that there is no prospect of confusion between the two, but both convey adequate information to those needing it.
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Just add an a record for www to the local AD DNS zone and you should be able to browse the public web site...as long as the web site doesn't do a redirect from www.domain.com to domain.com.
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I created an A record of www for the fqdn pointing to the websites ip.  However, locally the website still can not be resolved.  Does the PTR record have to updated as well or do you think website is performing the redirect?
Just wanted to say that having your internal/AD domain be a subdomain is a perfectly valid setup, and one espoused by Microsoft (for example: public = domain.com, AD = ad.domain.com).

As for your www A record - you don't need a corresponding PTR record.  You should be able to see the URL change in the browser (from www.domain.com to domain.com) if the site does a redirect.  You could also open the developer tools in the browser to see the actual redirect (usually 301) if there is one.
We would like to change it to a subdomain.  Would this be accomplished through the normal domain renaming process?  The environment only consists of one dc and about 20 workstations. 

Yes, that's the usual way. I would run through the process in a lab environment a couple times before attempting it on your actual domain.
Be aware that there are some applications that are incompatible with a domain rename (like Exchange).  If you have any of those then you can set up a new domain and migrate to it.
Thank you!  Will the Windows user profiles also migrate or will it be as if the user is logging on for the first time?
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