123 Reg embraces Domain Connect
If you’re setting up a new website you want it to be as quick and easy as possible.
Whether you’re launching a new blog or a new business, you don’t want to spend time worrying about technical details if you don’t have to.
That’s why 123 Reg has embraced Domain Connect.
Domain Connect makes it easier than ever before to use your 123 Reg domain name with a range of service providers. If you decide to use a 123 Reg domain name when building a website with Wix, Shopify or Squarespace, then Domain Connect will make the process easier. It will even help if you want to run your email through Office 365.
If you’ve ever used a third-party service provider with your 123 Reg domain name, you’ll remember that you had to change the DNS settings in your 123 Reg control panel. Domain Connect removes the need for you to make those DNS settings changes manually.
Currently, to use Domain Connect with 123 Reg you need to add the following TXT record to any 123 Reg domain you want to use with Domain Connect:
TXT record name : _domainconnect
Hostname : domainconnect.123-reg.co.uk
After that, whenever you set up your 123 Reg domain with a Domain Connect service provider, all it will take is just a few clicks on the service provider’s settings page.
This applies whether you’re setting up a newly registered 123 Reg domain name with a third-party service that uses Domain Connect, or you’re planning to use an existing 123 Reg domain name with a third-party service that uses Domain Connect.
We’re working to remove the need to add a TXT record to use Domain Connect with 123 Reg, and once that happens you’ll be able to set up a 123 Reg domain with compatible services with just a few clicks.
How does Domain Connect work?
The beauty of Domain Connect is that it just works – if you’re not technically minded, you don’t need to get to grips with the ins and out of the system to use it. But if you do want to learn more, visit the Domain Connect website.
Will this change affect any existing DNS configurations?
No. If you have a 123 Reg domain name set up with a third-party service provider, then this change won’t make a difference to those settings – regardless of whether they use the Domain Connect system or not.
If in the future you decide to a) set up a new 123 Reg domain name with a third-party service that uses Domain Connect, or b) switch to a third-party service that uses Domain Connect on an existing 123 Reg domain name, then the Domain Connect system will mean you don’t have to make any manual DNS changes, as long as you have added the TXT record mentioned above.
What if I want to use my 123 Reg domain with a non-Domain Connect service provider?
You’ll still be able to use your 123 Reg domain with any third-party service provider of your choosing, but if they’re not part of the Domain Connect service, then you’ll have to manually configure the DNS settings.
For that reason, you may find it easier to opt for a service provider that does use Domain Connect.
Will more service providers be added to Domain Connect in the future?
Domain Connect is an open standard, which means that anyone can implement it. It is hoped that more service providers will make use of the standard in future, but it is not something that 123 Reg has control over.