Going live with a new site

 After you have setup a new website, the next step is to make this new site available to the entire internet. There are 2 ways you can make your site go live, both of them are related to DNS settings on your domain name. (To make either of these changes you need to login to your domain registar.)
  1. Archetype Media manages your DNS:
    Change your domain name's name servers
  2. Manage your own DNS:
    Change your domain name's "A RECORD"
If you choose the second option (Manage your own DNS) there is no additional setup fees, but you will need to update your MX RECORDS (Mail Exchange) records as well as adding an A RECORD to your DNS settings.

Benefits of each option

There are benefits for each option, and it's a balance between cost and control over your domain name.
 
  Benefit Cost
Archetype Media Manages your DNS It's simple and easy to setup. You are only required to update one setting for your domain name. There is an extra fee to use this service, as the A RECORDS and MX RECORDS are setup for you.
Manage your own DNS There are no fees to make your site go live.
You have direct control over how your domain is directed.
You can keep custom email systems or setup subdomains to go to external services.
There is time and effort required to both learn the systems and make the settings changes.
 

1. Archetype Media manages your DNS:

Changing name servers

This process is more simplified for you, but does not allow you to have granular control over your domain name's settings.
  1. Login to your domain registrar
  2. Edit the DNS settings for the domain name
  3. Enter the following nameservers.
  • ns.rackspace.com
  • ns2.rackspace.com
Note: A nominal setup fee is required to cover the costs of configuring the DNS records for you.

2. Manage your own DNS

Changing an "A RECORD"

This is simply setting what is called an "A RECORD" and the value is just the IP Address of your reseller site. To find this IP Address do this:
  1. Login to your domain registrar
  2. Edit the DNS settings for the domain name
  3. Edit the domain name's base A RECORD. (ie for the domain name AND www.domain if applicable)
  4. Enter the IP Address of your Archetypeâ„¢ reseller site.
To find the IP Address of your Archetypeâ„¢ reseller site:
  1. Login to your site admin area
  2. Click "Administration"
  3. In the left column under the navigation you will find the IP address displayed.
  4. It is a number like : 192.168.0.1
  5. Copy this number, and enter it as an A RECORD for your domain.

Changing Mail Exchange records (MX RECORDS) 

If you decide to change your A RECORD, then to use Archetypeâ„¢ email systems, you need to setup MX RECORDS as well.
  1. Login to your domain registrar
  2. Edit the DNS settings for the domain name
  3. Enter the following MX RECORDS.

MX RECORD 1
  • Host/Domain: yourdomainname.com
  • Priority: 10
  • Target: mx1.emailsrvr.com
MX RECORD 2
  • Host/Domain: yourdomainname.com
  • Priority: 20
  • Target: mx2.emailsrvr.com