Pointing Your Domain to FatLab

So you are going to host with us? Freak’n Awesome!

TL;DR: We need access to your DNS records or someone who either give access or make the changes we require to bring your site live on our servers.

Domain Ownership

I am going to assume you own your domain or plan to buy it. We don’t own domains on behalf our clients so if you don’t own it, you are going to have to make sure  you have access to the registrar account and the DNS records.

What we are after here is the DNS records.

DNS Records

DNS records are the internet rules that are associated with your domain name, for example:

Send email to Microsoft 360

Send the VPN to my office

Send web traffic to FatLab’s servers

DNS Access

We need access to these records. Often times (but not always) these are held at the registrar you paid for your domain at. For example, if you registered (bought) your domain at GoDaddy, then there is a good chance GoDaddy is your DNS provider. We need access to this or to someone who does have access to it.

OK, so this is getting a little complicated… we can usually tell you where your DNS records are based on public record so just ask if we can point you in the right direction.

Now that we have found your DNS records, we need access to them or someone who has access to them. You can share access to your account, or provide delegate access if you are using GoDaddy.

What We Will Do Next

We will make a determination of whether we should host your DNS records on your behalf, or they should be left in place. If we decide to take over your DNS, then access to the registrar is all we need. If we decide to leave DNS in place and just make record changes then we definitely need access to those records.

Actually Pointing Your Site to FatLab

Now that we have access to your DNS records, we are going to do the following:

Create/Replace an A Record

Create/replace a root or “apex” host record so that all traffic going to your domain without the WWW’s arrives at our servers. This will be an IP address, the IP address of our firewall. We will provide this to you.

Create/Replace a CNAME Record

Create/replace a WWW host record so that so that all traffic going to your domain with the WWW’s arrives at our servers. This will be a domain/url, the domain/url of our firewall. We will provide this to you.

Create/Replace a CNAME Record (CDN)

Create/replace a CDN host record so that we can utilize our global CDN to speed up your website.

Your Site is Now Pointing at FatLab

We can take it from here. We’ll take your site live, issue all SSL certificates, activate the CDN and make sure all other optimizations are in place.

We’ll also setup monitoring, reporting and backups at this time.