PressDNS™ is our DNS system backed by Amazon’s Route53 service. Not only does it provide the rock-solid reliability and blazing speed of Route53 to our customers, but it also allows automatic PressCACHE™ global delivery of your site’s content.
Changing Your Domain’s Nameservers
To use PressDNS, you’ll need to point your nameservers to the correct location. To put it simply, your nameservers say where to find your DNS records. Here’s how to find your nameservers:
Finding Your Nameservers
- Log into the Atomic control panel.
- On the left side menu, click on DNS.
- If you already have a DNS zone listed for your domain, you can skip this step. If not, locate the Add a Zone section, select your domain, and click the New Zone button to add a new DNS zone.
- You should now see your DNS zone for your domain that you want to point. Click on the domain to manage that DNS zone.
- Inside the DNS Records section, you’ll see a few DNS records. Locate the value for your NS record. That’s what you’ll use for your nameservers at your domain registrar.
Pointing Your Domain
To point your domain nameservers, you’ll need to change the record at your domain registrar. You’ll want to check their documentation or contact their support for more information on changing nameservers at your domain registrar.
Updating DNS Records
To update your DNS records for domains using PressDNS™, take a look at our article on changing DNS records in PressDNS™.
Wait For Propagation
When someone visits your site, their DNS provider (usually their ISP) will read your domain’s DNS records and usually cache it. Depending on their cache policy, it will be stored for a certain period of time before they refresh again.
Due to differing policies across different DNS providers, you might need to wait a few hours for changes to take effect. Usually, it takes place within a couple of hours, but can take up to 48 hours to fully propagate.
If you’re not seeing your changes taking effect, take a look at how long it’s been since you made the change. Chances are, you’ll just need to wait a bit longer for propagation.
For more information, take a look at our article on DNS propagation.
Deleting an App Deletes DNS Zones
Before deleting an app or canceling your account, be sure that you have made prior arrangements for any DNS records that you need. Once your app has been deleted, all PressDNS records that are associated with it will also be removed.
PressDNS Zones Are Unique to One Domain
A PressDNS zone can only be used for the domain it was created for, so you can't use the same set of name servers for another domain.
For example, if you have set up example.com as a PressDNS zone, you're given a unique set of name servers. If you'd like like to use another domain, such as new-example.com on your account and would like to point traffic to us, you cannot use the same name servers assigned to example.com.
DNS Zones Can Only Be Created For Primary Domains
Within PressDNS, DNS records can only be added for an app's primary domain. For example, if example.com is an alias of another app, you will not be able to create a PressDNS zone for example.com.
If you need to add additional DNS records to a domain that's not the primary domain on the app, we recommend using a 3rd-party DNS service like Cloudflare to manage that domain's DNS records.