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Using Caprica
Posted by Shaker B. on 21 June 2017 09:14 AM

 Caprica gives easyDNS users more versatility and control than ever before, and it's all controlled by the navigation bar on the left of the screen. Using that as the startpoint for navigating the control panel, you have quick access to all your services and options. We've made it as intuitive as we can, but there's a lot there. Below are some tutorials that will get you started exploring your account.


MEMBER HOME

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1. Sidebar Menu

The sidebar menu on the left is the main menu users would use to navigate around their control panel. Users should note that Caprica is designed where only ONE domain is managed at a time. What this means is that when you click on a specific domain, all features within your control panel are now specifically for that domain. 

The following is a quick breakdown of what each link in the menu is for:

EASY-DOES.IT: Allows users to send in authenticated requests. The password that you will get prompted for will just be the login password to your account. 

Member Home: Returns users to the main member's page as seen above. 

Knowledgebase: Will take users to our most up to date tutorials and documentation. You can view our Knowledgebase here

Add a Domain: Transfer, register, or sign a domain up for DNS service. 

Utilities: Allows users to make edits and retrieve information in bulk. You can see a description of all our bulk utilities here

Domains: Select from your list of domains to manage.

Your Info: Personal and account contact information. 

Change Password: Allows users to change their account login password. 

Preferences: Edit your user control panel for billing style, alerts, and more. 

Domain Portfolios: Access any domain portfolios under the user account. For more information on domain portfolios, please go here

Security: Account security setttings and logs. 

Identity: Create an easyDNS OpenID.

easyWEB: Add/view any easyWEB subscriptions the user may have.  

easyPress: Add/view any easyPress subscriptions the user may have. 

DNS Subscriptions: Bulk rates for multiple domains using DNS services. You can view pricing information here

SSL Certs & Trust: Purchase/manage any SSL certs along with other securities. 

Renewals: Control your domain and service renewals. 

Invoices: View and pay invoices. 

Resources: View additional resources and documents. 

Help: Brings the user to the easyDNS help site. 

What's New: Users can view recent blog updates. 

System Status: Users can view current system status. 

Pricing: Users can view our domain pricing along with the features for our service levels. 

2. News & Status

Users can view recent news of any potential issues in this section along with status updates. For further details on an issue, please click the links provided. 

3. All Domains

This section will list all domains that are currently being managed within the account. Users can customize the display through the PREFERENCES link on the left sidebar menu. 

4. Expiring Domains

The domains that are currently set to expire will display here. Users can also access expiring domains either through the RENEWALS or INVOICES link on the left sidebar menu. 

 

DOMAIN ADMINISTRATION

how to use easyDNS Caprica interface

5. Managing Domain

As previously mentioned, Caprica is designed to manage one domain at a time. This domain will appear here once a user has made their selection. 

6. Domain Administration

The left sidebar menu is used to navigate to different sections of the control panel while the Domain Administration page allows users to explore each section in depth. Users will be using both in conjunction the majority of the time to get around Caprica. The Domain Administration page is divided into several tabs including Domain Settings, DNS Settings, Email, Tools, and Integrations. 

7. Domain Settings Tab

The Domain Settings tab will allow users access to the following:

Info: Users can view the details of their domain including current service level, expiry date, portfolios, etc.

Nameservers: The nameservers that your domain should currently be delegated to.

Whois: Access to the domain's Whois page, where domain ownership information can be edited amoung other things. 

Usage: Users can view their query usage information for a domain here. Statistical breakdowns are also provided. 

Move: Users can move domains from one easyDNS account to another through here. This is NOT the same as transferring from one registrar to another. 

Delete: Allows users to delete said domain from their easyDNS account. 

Backups: The last 5 changes to the zone records will be displayed here. Users can revert a domain's zone data back to these backups if they like. 

Clone: A domain can slave its zone records off of a parent/master domain through here. 

Add-ons: Additional features can be added through here including Whois Privacy, additional mailboxes, Proactive Nameservers, etc. 

Upgrade: Upgrade a domain's service level through here. 

Downgrade: Downgrade a domain's service level through here. 

Renew: Users can renew domains through this link. 

Domain Lock: Will bring you to the domain's Whois page where you can either disable or enable the Registry Lock. 

Get Auth Code: Click here to receive a domain's Authorization/EPP code for transferring away. This code will be sent to the Administrative contact for the domain so users should make sure contacts are valid. 

Set: Users can assign said domain to a portfolio to share with another user here. 

8. Domain Management Box

Once a domain has been selected for Caprica to manage, an extra section will be added to the left sidebar menu. These extra settings include:

Domain Administration: This will bring a user to the Domain Administration page. 

DNS Settings: View and edit a domain's DNS configurations. Please see this for more information. 

Domain Details: Information on a domain's service level, expiry date, and more. 

Whois: Ownership and nameserver information for a domain. 

Close: Close the domain management box.

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9. DNS Settings Tab

The DNS Settings tab gives users the ability to manage/access a domain's zone records one at time. These settings include: 

SOA: These settings govern the length of time other nameservers will cache this domain's current DNS data.

A: A records are host records which point directly to an IP address.

CNAME: CNAME Records, aka Canonical Names or Aliases are host records which point to an A record, rather than an IP address.

MX: MX records define what server is responsible for handling email delivered to zones based on your domain name.

PARK: Domain parking allows users to display information for a domain without requiring any real web hosting. Configurable fields allow you to have a parked domain display a message, contact email addresses, twitter accounts, and even a company logo.

IPv6: IPv6 addresses are available as AAAA record types

SRV: SRV, or service, records are a new addition to the list of DNS resource records which allow a great deal of flexibility and stability to services making use of them. Like a "general use" MX record, the SRV records relate to a particular service of the domain, like FTP or SIP, rather than a specific machine the way A or C-name records do.

TXT: TXT Records are a text field in the zone file for a domain which can be used to provide many kinds of information about a specified host.

NS: These records should only be edited to delegate a specific host record (subdomain) to nameservers outside of easyDNS.

NAPTR: Naming Authority Pointer Records specify a regular expression based rewrite rule that, when applied to an existing string, will produce a new domain label or URI.

PTR: PTR records are the opposite of A records; rather than pointing the name to the IP, they point the IP to the domain or hostname.

DYN: A method of updating a static hostname which is pointed to a dynamic IP address automatically.

URL: A webforward creates a hidden A record pointing to our webserver.

Stealth: Like URL forwarding, Stealth Forwarding allows you to forward your domain name or a hostname within it to another URL such as a web page on a free hosting service or a third-party blog (eg. blogspot.com). The difference is that with Stealth Redirection, the location bar retains your domain name, even if the website is loading from some other location.

Primary NS: Specify your primary nameservers here. 

TSIG: The ability to secure your zone transfers via TSIG Transaction Signatures for domains using us for secondary DNS.

Zone Cache: View the domain's zone cache. 

NOTE: For more information on common domain and DNS terms please go here.

 

how to use easyDNS Caprica interface

10. Email Tab

The Email tab will give a user access to the email portion of a domain. These include:

Settings: Edit the email settings for a domain. These include SPF checking and Greylisting. 

Mailmaps: Mailmaps map email addresses at your domain to email addresses outside your domain.

Outbound Mail: Outbound mail allows users to send mail through our SMTP servers, rather than through their ISPs. Only available with DNS Pro. 

easyMail: Access to easyMail configurations including account creation. Only available with DNS Hosting and above. 

 

how to use easyDNS Caprica interface

11. Tools Tab

The Tools tab are utilities that are provided to make domain management easier. Tools include:

Subversion: Access a domain's storage repository. 

View: View a domain's current zone records. 

Import: Import a domain's zone data directly to our system. 

Check: The check tool can be used to see if there are any errors with your zone records such as a syntax error. 

Bind Format: Export the domain's zone data in Bind format. 

Proactive Nameservers: Proactive Nameservers is a patent-pending system that optimizes the nameserver delegation for your mission critical domain names. For more information go here

Host Monitoring & Failover: Host Monitoring enables remote monitoring of services on your servers and alerts you if it encounters a "server down condition".

DNSSEC: A means of securing your domain from certain types of man in the middle attacks by attaching encrypted signatures to the records that are served for it.

View: View registration expirations for all domains. 

 

how to use easyDNS Caprica interface

12. Integrations Tab

Zone Transfers: Enter the IP addresses of any third-party nameservers you wish to also slave this zone from our primary.

Amazon Route 53: A tool to bridge between your easyDNS and Amazon Web Services account.

Digital Ocean: A tool to bridge between your easyDNS and Digital Ocean account.

Linode: A tool to bridge between your easyDNS and Linode account.

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