There are 8 different ways to move your domains and records over to Constellix. To quickly find out which method is best for your needs, check out this helpful infographic. Once you find the method that’s right for you, come back to this tutorial.
We’re going to break them down into two different categories, to help you determine which method is best for you. First, we will show you how to import domains using a variety of methods. We recommend importing records if you are coming from another DNS provider, or if you don’t have complex record configurations. We will then show you the ways to manually add records and domains. These methods are better for users who have custom or complicated configurations.
Third Party Import (API Key)
If you have API functionality from your previous provider, you can use this method to import your domain and record configurations seamlessly. Please keep in mind, this method does not migrate your services (ie: Failover, Global Traffic Director, etc). We currently only offer this feature for DNS Made Easy and Amazon Route 53 users. This technique is great for users who want to migrate many different domains at once, as once you have entered your API key, you can select all or individual domains to be migrated.
Cloud Provider Integrations
We’ve partnered with the top cloud DNS providers to offer our clients integrated DNS services. Instantly import your domains from another provider or use Secondary DNS to automatically update your records across both your providers. We currently offer integrations with the following providers:
New Domain Wizard
You can also use the New Domain Wizard, a tool we designed to easily guide users through the process of adding domains to their accounts. Once you have entered your domain name, you will choose Option 1 to scan your records. Please note, this method will not import all of your records. Rather, it will scan for the most popular hostname records types (ie: mail, txt, etc). We do not recommend this method if you have complex record configurations, as it will not pick up all of the records your domain may have.
This method can only be used if you have already added your domains, but need to import your records. There are 2 different ways you can import your records:
1. Import through an AXFR Transfer
Use an AXFR Transfer if you want to perform a direct zone transfer into the Constellix name servers from an external source name server.
2. Import from a Zone File
Importing from a zone file is possible if you have a text-based zone file in BIND format for your domain. We recommend this method if you have advanced configurations.
New Domain Wizard
If you have more complex configurations, or if option one of the New Domain Wizard does not detect all of your records, we recommend using this method. Keep in mind, this is not an import tool; instead, it is a way to manually add domains. The wizard will guide you through four steps to add your domains, third party services, mail servers, SPF records, and more.
Manually Add Records
The final method is the most straightforward and allows for the most customizability. Once you have added your domains, click on the link for your domain. You will see a screen that shows the available record types. Here you can manually add whatever records you want, apply advanced configurations, record modes, etc.