Posted by: Anil | June 5, 2008

DNS hosting

At Entic.net, we try not to manage many of the services as we can and instead refer our customers to our partners when needed. This includes DNS hosting.

When you buy a domain, you buy a domain from a domain registrar, like register.com. Then, you need to tell your registrar which servers “answer for your domain”. These servers are not the same as where your web site runs on, these are strictly DNS servers which answer for your domain name requests. They translate the domain name to an IP address computers/browsers can understand.

Here are a couple of popular ones, and they are free:

EveryDNS.net

PROs: Easy to use, and one of the oldest providers. Recommended for beginners.
CONs: Limited record types compared to other providers.
Records allowed for free account: A CNAME MX NS AAAA
Records allowed for non-free account: A CNAME MX NS AAAA TXT

Xname.org

PROs: Advanced configuration for advanced users. You can control the SOA properties of a domain/zone. TXT records included for spam/SPF prevention. No hard limit on number of domains and records.
CONs: Might not be for beginners.
Records allowed for free account: A CNAME MX NS AAAA TXT
Records allowed for non-free account: same as above.

If you would like additional level of redundancy, what we can do is setup your domain’s as secondary on our DNS servers. This makes it such that the above sites become the primary place where you manage your DNS data, but our servers would also be available to you and can “answer for your domain”.

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