I transferred several active domains to 1&1 (ionos.com) which are hosted on 3rd party servers. To make the transfer as smooth as possible I kept the original name severs for the transfer.
Now I want to change to 1&1 name servers but I want to keep all the existing DNS settings for the moment. I did not see any “import DNS settings” button and the 1&1 support told me there is no such button.
To get the job done I opened the form with the DNS settings for one of my domains. There was a list of settings as expected. There was also information that the shown settings are not active because the 1&1 name server is not active for that domain. I also expected that one.
Then I changed the setting manually to what I wanted. Basically I looked up the DNS settings on the old server and typed them in manually in that form. That was possible.
Then, as the last step, I reset the name servers to the 1&1 name servers. That worked instantly. But 1&1 reset most of my DNS settings to their default. So I had to delete many settings, add new settings and edit some of the existing settings. This obviously took time. And in that time the 1&1 name servers would have provided the wrong (1&1 default settings) to any computer which requested these settings.
I would think there must be an easier way to do this. But how?
If possible I don’t want to manually type in all the details. The DNS records are available online and 1&1 could easily get them on the internet. I don’t want that settings which I input are reset. My idea was that I input all DNS records before I switch to the 1&1 name servers to make sure any request would be answered with the correct information. But this seems to be impossible because most DNS settings were reset when I changed the name servers to 1&1.
What’s the professional way to transfer all DNS settings from an external name server to 1&1 name servers?