So you’ve created a wonderful Vizlly website and you’re ready to show it off to travel shoppers. Before you go live, prepare yourself by ensuring you have taken all of the following items into consideration. Reviewing each item on this checklist will ensure that the ‘going live’ process is as smooth as possible.
- You have a Domain Registrar
In order to edit the DNS Zone File to point your domain to Vizlly, you’ll need to have a Domain Registrar. Who is your domain registrar? Where did you buy your domain? Asking yourself or your webmaster these questions is the first step in the going live process. For more information on registering for a domain, check out this article.
If you have a domain but you are unsure who the registrar is, you can enter your existing name at Whois to find out, well, who it is!
- You have access to your Domain Registrar’s account
You or someone on your team will need access to your Domain Registrar’s account in order to edit the DNS Zone File, which is essential in pointing your domain to Vizlly.
- Confirm who hosts your email
You can confirm this by entering your domain name at Whois. This helpful site will automatically tell you your registrar info, as well as helpful information about your domain.
- Ensure going live will not affect your email service
Check with your email provider or Domain Registrar that the ‘Go Live’ process will not affect your email service. This is an important step to ensure that there is no interruption or down time with your email. In some cases, you or the person helping you go live may need to edit the MX records.
- You need access to your Domain Name Servers (or know who can access it for you)
Domain Name Servers are where you would edit the DNS Zone File. Usually this is with your Domain Registrar. However, if it’s not, you’ll need access to where the name servers are located in order to edit the Zone File. If you don’t have access, you can just contact someone who does have access and can make the change for you.
- Ensure going live will not affect any other services
Make sure that you ask your webmaster or Domain Registrar if our ‘Go Live’ instructions will affect any services you have set up, such as FTP, subdomains, blogs, etc.
- Know what to do if your Domain Registrar does not host the DNS Zone File
If your Domain Registrar does not host the DNS Zone File, it may be hosted at a DNS Management company. You will need access to that account or someone that manages this for you.