Managing DNS Zones on Cycle

Manage your domain by creating a zone on Cycle.

By creating a zone on Cycle, you are able to manage the records for that domain. There are two options available for DNS zones on Cycle:

  • Hosted Zone - Domains that will be fully managed by Cycle. These domains must have their authoritative nameservers configured to ns1.cycle.io, ns2.cycle.io, and ns3.cycle.io. Additionally, these domains must be verified to ensure proper ownership.
  • Non-Hosted Zone - These domains do not require verification and maintain their authoritative nameservers, but must add CNAME records to resolve the proper load balancer.

Create the Zone

To create a DNS zone on Cycle:

  1. Click DNS in the nav menu on the left hand side.
  2. Click Create Zone in the top right corner.
  3. Enter your domain in the Origin field.
  4. Select Hosted or Non-Hosted for your zone type.

Once you create a DNS zone you cannot change its origin.

Verifying a Zone

If you create a Non-Hosted zone you will not have the option to "Verify" your zone.

Verifying a hosted zone is as easy as clicking the Verify Zone button at the top of your DNS zone, but if you create a TXT record through your domain registrar it's much faster. You can create the TXT record at the domain registrar where you purchased your domain name. This TXT record will have a name of cycle-verify and a value of your Hub's ID.

For steps on how to delegate a subdomain to Cycle go here.

Updating and Deleting Zones

To update your DNS zone from Hosted to Non-Hosted or vice versa, do the following:

  1. Click DNS in the nav menu on the left hand side.
  2. Select the zone you want to modify from the list.
  3. Click the Settings tab underneath the zone name at the top.
  4. Use the Zone Type drop down to select your updated zone type.
  5. Save your choice by clicking Update Zone.

To delete a DNS Zone, locate the delete form on the right-hand side. Enter the root domain of the zone into the box, and click "Delete Zone".

Deleting a zone will unassign all linked records from their containers, and delete any records associated with the zone. This action cannot be undone.

Need Help?

If you've got questions about the platform or need some help getting started, our team is more than happy to assist. Whether you're new to containers or just new to Cycle, reach out to us via livechat by clicking the blue circle in the bottom right corner. Join our Slack channel, and get help from the dev team or other members of the community, and check out our Roadmap to see what's planned for the future!