For members who want an advance preview into the new system, what follows are step-by-step instructions on how to move a domain from the current easyDNS interface to the new management platform.
The new platform has been live since mid-2009, many of the staff here have been running their personal domains off of here and we’ve had numerous beta users on board as well. Additionally, I’ve been running one of my personal email accounts through the new easyMAIL platform since last summer, and I felt confident enough to switch my mom’s email to it a few weeks ago.
There are few things we are still smoothing out and filling in like some of the help docs and some of the new features.
But here it is, the shape of things to come for easyDNS.
If you have a number of domains, we recommend you try it on one first so you can see the new interface and get used to it. There’s no risk involved in switching over.
There is also this introductory document which outlines the new features and what changes on the new platform. It is strongly recommended that you review that document first.
So without further adieu, here’s how to move a domain to the new system….
Please take note
For the sake of caution, please start with one domain, preferably one that is non-critical to your operations, and carefully inspect your DNS, URL forwarding and mail forwarding settings on the new system before activation.
On the current member interface, look for the “port” link in your utilities module (if you do not have a “utilities” module visible, click on the “personalize” link in the left hand side menu.
Click on the “port” link and you’ll get a list of domains that are eligible to be ported to the new system. A domain will not appear in this list if:
- It has an outstanding invoice – this is to avoid conflicts in the billing cycle
- It’s already expired
Pick the domain(s) you want to port and click “next”.
If you get an error, contact support and include the error message.
Once the domain settings have been ported, they will not become active until you activate the domain on the new system side.
Once you click on “next” you’ll see a list of domains under your account, when you click on the “manage” link for a domain, it brings you to the Domain Overview module.
After you’ve reviewed your DNS settings and any mailmaps, you can “activate” the domain on the new system. There will be a one-time delay as the nameserver cluster updates to load from the new system. (As an aside, you may be happy to note that new domains added directly to the new system via registration or transfer will be activated on the nameserver cluster instantly, which is handy).
You will also see some other interesting items under the Domain Overview module, such as
- IPv6 AAAA type records
- a “renew” link for renewing a domain at any time (no more opening a ticket with support when you want to renew early)
- the “import” link lets you upload a bind style zonefile into your DNS settings
- a “portfolio” setting, which lets you sort your domains into logical groupings called “portfolios” (and optionally share portfolios by giving specific access rights to other users on the system)
And for DNS Pro (formerly DNS Plus) domains:
- host monitoring and failover DNS is out of beta
- easyMAIL – IMAP hosting
That’s probably enough to digest for now. We’ll be posting more info about new features and services over the next few weeks.