Enabling automatic delegation updates

Automated delegation updates require a supported registrar. Manual updates are fine too. For background, also see automatic registrar updates.

To enable automatic delegation updates:

  1. Connect your registrar

    Go to Preferences -> Registrars -> Add Registrar. Select your registrar from the list of currently supported registrars.

    Name will default to the registrar’s name. If you have two or more accounts at that registrar, you may wish to modify the name to distinguish accounts.

    Follow the remaining instructions on the page to locate or create an API token for your registrar.

  2. Enable updates for the domain

    Go to Domains -> {your-domain.tld} -> Nameservers.

    If Detected registrar shows your registrar name, then click ‘Enable’ under the Nameservers section. DNScaster will automatically make any necessary delegation updates within a couple minutes.

    If Detected registrar does not show your registrar, return to step 1 and verify the registrar’s connection. You may attempt a manual verification of the connection by selecting the connection and clicking ‘Refresh’.

Migrating in

Make sure your DNS host records are ready to go before updating the delegation at your registrar. When ready to make the switch, simply enable automatic delegation updates and DNScaster will make all necessary changes.

For sensitive migrations, some folks may prefer to update delegations manually at first and then enable automatic updates afterward so that any future changes (such as adding another nameserver) will be automatically managed.

Migrating out

When automatic updates are enabled, DNScaster periodically reverifies each domain’s delegation status and repoints the domain back to your DNScaster nameservers, thinking something is misconfigured.

When migrating out, this is obviously undesirable. When you’re ready to begin the transfer of production traffic to another provider, disable automatic delegation updates first.