It took some time, but starting at the beginning of this week, you will be able to use the new unique DNS editor Beta in the Hostpoint Control Panel to edit all of your registered hosting domains. We are proud to offer our customers this powerful DNS editor Beta.

You can now benefit from the following features when managing your domains:

  • Manage the most common DNS changes quickly and easily at the press of a button;
  • Edit or add DNS records with the Expert feature in the editor;
  • Configure changes to be applied immediately or at a certain point in time to benefit from maximum flexibility when managing your DNS settings;
  • Send our competent support team a request from the editor directly to test a DNS zone change ahead of time if there are uncertainties;
  • Use the integrated History feature at any time to restore the system to a functional state if anything should go wrong.

We’re sure you will find these features very useful. To help you even further, here is a more detailed introduction to our new DNS editor Beta.

What exactly is DNS?
DNS stands for Domain Name System, an important internet protocol. The DNS system handles the resolution of domain names on the internet. A simplified way to think about it is a telephone book. You will be familiar with text domain names such as hostpoint.ch. Thanks to the DNS system, the browser knows to take you to the IP address 217.26.48.183 and our website appears on your screen.

Why do I need a DNS editor?
Changes to the DNS settings of your domain are only necessary when separating a certain service from Hostpoint to operate externally. For example, a company might operate its own mail server in its offices or use services like Google Docs.

To access the new DNS editor Beta, go to the Hostpoint Control Panel (https://admin.hostpoint.ch) and then log in with your username and password. Next, select “Domains” in the navigation pane. A list of all of domains associated with your host now appears. To open the DNS editor, click the command “Edit DNS entries” to the right of one of your domains.

Manage your domains with the new DNS editor Beta

List of DNS zones
On this overview page, all of your DNS entries are listed in the center under “DNS Records”. Above the list containing the DNS records are large buttons for the most frequently used changes. Clicking one of these buttons such as “Configure external mail server” opens a small window where you can quickly enter the relevant data for the selected action. You can make the most important DNS changes in this way, even without a great deal of technical background knowledge. We will add and expand this list from time to time, according to demand.

Time-specific changes
For each change you make to your selected domain in the new DNS editor Beta, you can decide for yourself when the new DNS change is to be activated. The changes are applied immediately by default, but you can also set a specific time in the future when the changes you have entered will be activated. Your DNS settings will then be applied at the time you have set. One big advantage of this is that you can, for example, operate your external email server during the night when fewer e-mails tend to be sent. However, it should be noted that DNS changes – regardless of whether they are applied immediately or at a later point in time – always take some time to implement throughout the internet.

The changes that have already been made but that have not yet been activated are shown on the overview page, directly under the list of your active DNS records. You can view a change at any time as long as it is still before the date and time you have set for the change to apply. You also have the option to edit or immediately implement the DNS change you have made. You can, of course, delete time-specific DNS changes as well. In other words, you always have complete control of your DNS zone.

Edit zone
If you also want to make more complex DNS changes, you can click on “Edit zone” under the list containing the DNS records. You can add new DNS records or edit and delete existing records. It should be noted here that “Edit zone” mode is only recommended for customers with a high level of technical expertise. We have included an extra protection feature nonetheless: if you attempt to edit or delete a hosting-relevant DNS record, a yellow warning appears. For these types of records, it is important that you fully understand the cause and effect of the change.

Requesting changes to be tested by support
If you are unsure whether the change you have made is correct, you can also request that our support team test your new DNS settings. If you would like to use this free service, simply check the box “I would like to have these DNS changes tested by the support team”. Next, a contact form where you can enter your question appears. One of our support representatives will then look at your DNS change and correct any erroneous DNS records if necessary or contact you with any additional questions. If everything has been entered correctly, the support representative can also apply the change at the time you set.

Built-in “backup” – changes/history
If a DNS change you have made causes problems for any reason, you can go to the overview page and select “Changes/history” at the very bottom of the screen. This allows you to easily restore a past, functioning version of your DNS zone. Of course, you can also select whether the old version of your DNS version is to be restored immediately or at certain time in the future. This feature is useful if you only need to make a temporary change to your DNS zone and switch back to the default settings again later. To make it easier to find your own changes later, I recommend using your own specific description when entering DNS changes. This description will then be displayed as a title in the history, allowing you to immediately identify what exactly you changed on your DNS zone at the time.

New feature: management tool for purchased domains
In the coming weeks, we will be presenting the latest practical feature for managing your domain in the unique Hostpoint Control Panel. We are currently putting the final touches on our new domain management tool, which you will soon be able to use conveniently for domains purchased from us. This tool will make it possible to make name server changes and configure other settings for the domains you have purchased from us.

In combination with the new DNS editor Beta, Hostpoint will certainly be offering the most powerful and best tools for managing your domain.

Manage your domains with the new DNS editor Beta

Elias Wittwer

Elias Wittwer is responsible for development at Hostpoint and the first contact person regarding new features for the Control Panel. He calls himself a Digital Native. He grew up with computers and is hardly able to function without modern mobile communications technology. His very first computer was a Wang Writer that was good only for word processing and spreadsheet calculations. His first tentative steps in software development involved the programming of simple games in BASIC.

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