To simplify management for your websites, Lumen can provide DNS hosting. This is especially useful for pointing a zone-apex record (ie bare domain) at a Lumen endpoint if your current DNS hosting provider does not support the ALIAS or ANAME record types.
Hosting your DNS with Lumen also provides convenient access to DNS management within the dashboard.
Begin hosting DNS with Lumen
To enable Hosted DNS with Lumen:
- Navigate to the DNS page for your Lumen application’s hosted environment (e.g. Production).
- Below the “Change your DNS to go live” heading you should find another heading labeled “Lumen Hosted DNS”. The paragraph that follows will describe the DNS zone name that we have detected that your domain belongs to. If we have detected this zone correctly, and you have access to your DNS registrar to change the name servers for this zone, you can proceed.
Please note: Although DNS hosting and DNS registration are often thought of as the same thing and many companies offer both services, they are distinct and can be provided by different companies. The majority of the DNS record changes described in our DNS documentation (making CNAME or ALIAS changes for example) happen in your DNS hosting console, but changing your name servers must be done with your DNS Registrar.
Your DNS registrar is the organization from which you purchased your actual domain name, not necessarily where your records are maintained and hosted — although again these often go together in practice. Your DNS registrar is the authority on what DNS servers are allowed to answer DNS queries for your website. Inputting Lumen nameservers into your DNS registrar gives us permission to respond to DNS queries for your site. Note as well that it is possible to enable the Lumen DNS zone and check to make sure all the records are correct before you change nameservers. We can provision a DNS zone before this change is made but not answer queries.