How to Launch an Instance

It's easy to launch your instance with Zesty.io. Simply set your domain, configure your DNS, and then confirm your site is live.

Overview

There are 4 steps to making your site accessible to the public.

  1. Configure your HTTPS and WWW settings.

  2. Set a custom domain.

  3. Configure your DNS.

  4. Confirm your domain is live.

Before you begin

Before beginning the process to send your site live ensure that all content and code that you want to be made available to the public are published and listed accordingly.

Configure HTTPS & WWW Settings

If necessary configure your HTTPS and WWW settings before launching your site. Jump to step 1 if your site will not be using HTTPS or force prepending your domain with WWW, otherwise continue reading for instructions on accessing these settings.

Open the Content Manager interface and navigate to the Settings section. Under General you'll find your HTTPS and WWW site settings.

Settings section with HTTPS and WWW settings.

Above you can see these settings outlined in orange. The tooltips will help you navigate this area and give you information about each setting.

If you want to always redirect to HTTPS then the "HTTPS on?" setting must be turned on. To turn this setting on click the "HTTPS on?" button and it will turn green.

If you'd like to force prepending your domain with WWW then click the "Always prepend WWW to my domain?" button.

Save your settings before starting the next step.

1. Launch Instance

If you haven't already done so, locate the instance that you want to launch in the Accounts Manager interface and then click that instance's "Publish Instance" button.

To begin launching your instance click the "Publish Instance" button.

After you click the "Publish Instance" button the instance's setting drawer will open and prompt you to set the domain name and configure your DNS settings.

Instance Settings drawer prompts for sending your instance live.

2. Set a Custom Domain Name

Enter your custom domain name in the textbox and click Save.

Enter your custom domain name in the textbox and clicking Save.

3. Configure you DNS Settings

Configure your domain's DNS settings by following the instructions in the settings drawer.

DNS instructions in the Instance Settings drawer.

Please note that domain registrars are not one-size-fits-all so each step may not be applicable. See the Common DNS Registrars section below for more information.

Cloud Flare Users: When setting DNS records in Cloud Flare, be sure to have the orange cloud off on each record. Zesty.io cannot affectively manage the cache if Cloud Flare is attempting to manage its own cache for you.

There will be 2 records to set up: an apex record (e.g. example.com) and a WWW record (e.g. www.example.com). Three values are required to set these records: record type, host (or name), and value.

Apex Record

Create or set an existing apex record with the following values:

  1. Record type: A

  2. Host: @

  3. Values (Create a separate A record for each of these IP addresses):

    1. 151.101.1.161

    2. 151.101.65.161

    3. 151.101.129.161

    4. 151.101.193.161

WWW Record

Create or set an existing WWW record with the following values:

  1. Record type: CNAME

  2. host: WWW

  3. value: zesty.map.fastly.net

Why can't I use a CNAME for my apex record?

4. Verify your instance is live

To confirm that your instance is live click the green "? Check DNS" button. You'll see a notification in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen letting you know if your DNS has been verified.

Common DNS Registrars

Since there are many places to purchase domains it's difficult to create all-inclusive instructions to setting up a DNS record. Below you'll find some common DNS registrars and their setup instructions.