How to Make Configuration Templates to Manage Your Domain’s DNS and Other Settings¶
Configuration templates are a way for you to create and save specific settings for your domains at Gandi and apply them in bulk, by default, or for specific operations.
For example, configuration templates allow you to apply a set of standard DNS records to a large number of domains at once, or whenever you purchase a new domain name.
Templates only change your settings when they are applied to the domain. Updating a template will not modify any domains where that template was previously applied. If you want a set of domains to be locked together so that a change to one domain affects other linked domains check out our linked zones.
Configuration templates are similar to how you were able to share zone files in the classic version of Gandi’s website.
Configuration templates are linked to an organization. If you want to automatically apply a template to all purchases for an organization, the template must be part of the templates saved for that organization.
The following sections describe the different ways of finding and editing the configuration template applied to a domain.
When you go to an individual domain’s page, a list of templates which have been applied to that domain can be seen in the box to the right of “Domain Configuration”.
If no templates have been applied, you can select “Apply a Template” to apply a template to that domain.
If you have already applied templates you can select “View Details” to see which configurations were applied. You can also select “Apply another configuration”.
You can find the list of domains by logging in to your account, then clicking “Domain”. Next, click “Advanced View” if you are not already in advanced view.
By editing configurations from the domain list in advanced view you can edit the configurations of a large number of domains at once.
After you check one or more domains, you will see an options bar at the bottom of the page. Click “Configure” then “Apply a configuration” to apply a template to all selected domains.
After logging in, click “Domain” in the left navigation menu. Then, click on the “Tools” tab. Next, click “Manage” underneath configuration templates.
You can then choose which organization you want to manage.
You can create a new template by clicking “Create.” You can also edit an existing template by clicking on the name of the template in the list, allowing you to update the name and any settings.
You can also use this interface to delete existing templates. To delete a template, click on the three dots to the right of the name of the template in the list and then click “Delete.”
During the checkout process you will be able to select a configuration template to apply to the domains being purchased.
In the first step of the checkout process for a domain name click “View domain configuration.” You will then have the option to change the configuration used. If you have not chosen a default preference, we will apply Gandi’s default configuration.
Click on “Change” to change the configuration template you want to apply to the domain.
To use the same configuration template for future purchases check “Apply this configuration to my future registrations” before you apply the configuration.
After using any of the three processes above you will be brought to the same screen. From this screen you can select an existing template or create a new template.
If you want to select an existing template click “Select configuration”. Click on the drop down menu below to choose which template you want to use.
If you select one of Gandi’s automatically generated templates you will not be able to make any changes. If you choose a template you have already created you will have the option to change settings using the lower part of the form. Any options you change after selecting an existing template will become the new settings for that template.
To create a new template, click on “Create new configuration”. You will be asked to specify a name for your template.
Whether you select an existing template or choose to create a new template, you will have the same configuration options available.
In the configuration template you have the ability to set the following options:
Nameservers & DNS Records
You can choose between using Gandi’s LiveDNS or custom nameservers.. If you choose to use Gandi LiveDNS you can also specify DNS records.
You can set up web forwarding. This can be useful when you have several domains you want to forward to a single address.
You can choose up to two standard mailbox names, such as “contact”, that will be used to create an email address for each domain name that uses the configuration.
To add any of these section to your template click on the box near the bottom of page to activate the section in the form.
After you are done editing a section click “Done.”
When your configuration is ready click “Apply” to apply the configuration.
The changes you make to the template will not be passed on to any other domains where that template was previously applied. If you want the changes to affect other domains than those you selected at the beginning of the process you must go back and apply the configuration template again to those domains. Or, if you are wanting a set of domains to be locked together so that a change to one domain affects other linked domains check out our linked zones.
You can choose a default configuration template to be applied to all new domain registrations and incoming domain transfers for your organization. This default setting will be applied to the organization you are managing when you make the change. You can have different default configuration templates for different organizations.
There are two ways to set this default configuration; during the order process or in the Domain Tools menu.
After logging in, click “Domain” in the left navigation menu. Then, click on the “Tools” tab and click on configuration templates.
You can then choose which organization you want to manage.
After you choose your organization you will see a list of templates. If you have already set a configuration template to be used for new purchases or for new transfers they will be marked with a Registration or Transfer tag in your list.
To set a configuration as a default click the name of the configuration to enter the edit page for that configuration. Scroll down to the bottom and check the box next to “Apply this configuration template to my future transfers.” or “Apply this configuration template to my future registrations.”. You can set a different template to be the default for transfers and registrations, or use the same template for both.
For transfers you also have the option of making no changes to the configuration after it is received at Gandi. You can set this as the default for transfers by clicking “No change to the configuration” and then check the box next to “Apply this configuration template to my future transfers. This option is not available for new registrations, since there are no previous configurations to keep.
In the first step of the checkout process for a domain name click “View domain configuration.” You can then click “Change” to change the configuration used. Once you select a particular template you can check the box “Apply this configuration to my future registrations” to also set the configuration template you chose as the default template for all new registrations done by that organization.