ARES, Let's Encrypt and New Atomic FAQ
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On Feb 1 2018 Pagely will begin a gradual roll out of ARES. We will be reaching out to existing customers to arrange an upgrade window to switch you over. If you would like to expedite this process you are certainly welcome to open a ticket for us to screen your configuration and set up a time to switch.
What is the ARES Web Application Gateway?
The ARES Web Application Gateway by Pagely features fully automated deployment and remote configuration of SSL certificates (and much more) allowing for seamless and hands free management by our engineers and robust performance and flexible configuration for our customers. A full list of its features can be found here.
Is there a way to confirm ARES is already active on my account?
Log in to your new Atomic at https://atomic-beta.pagely.com/ , click on the SSL tab and if you don't see a "no access" message then you already have access to ARES.
Will I have access to ARES if I'm on a legacy plan?
ARES will be available to you even if you are on a shared plan or a legacy VPS.
VPS customers will need to contact support for further assistance.
Shared customers will need to take ONE of following Three possible actions first:
1. (Preferred) Switch your domain to use our PressDNS within Atomic and contact support to gain access to our new Interface.
2. (Okay) UPDATE your DNS CNAME to point to:
3. (Not preferred but maybe necessary) Use the following IPs as A Records
followed by contacting support to gain access to our new Interface.
Please note - we suggest adding both A records, but your site will load if you can only use one.
Which is the best option for DNS?
Using our PressDNS is the best option, as your traffic will be healthchecked, you'll have routing through our global geo cache network, and you'll benefit from advanced fail-over features.
The next ideal scenario is using the CNAME for sub domains (www., sub., dev.,), and the two A records for your apex (domain.com, with nothing prefixing it).
Following these two methods, using A records will still work. You should use both IP's, as this will utilize something known as a Round Robin DNS technique that distributes the load.
What might delay the ARES update to my VPS?
Several factors, but the largest indicator will be any custom rules or configurations Pagely has set up on your behalf.