​Guide for choosing a DNS hosting provider

How to start using DNS to your advantage? There are many DNS hosting providers out there, and all the big Cloud providers have DNS services. But it could be incredibly hard to choose. So, we have prepared this guide for choosing a DNS hosting provider so that you can get the right service.

​What DNS features do you need?

There are many additional parameters inside the DNS plans. So what exactly do you need? Here are some of the most common features that you should know:

  • Reverse DNS (rDNS). It links the IP address to the domain name. You will need it if you run your own email server.
  • Dynamic DNS. Automatically changes the A or AAAA records when your IP changes. You will need it if you are hosting service on your computer and use a regular Internet connection.
  • Secondary DNS. Use the DNS provider for hosting just copies of your DNS records and manage them from another point.
  • DDoS protection. It stops DDoS attacks towards your domain and can improve your uptime significantly.
  • Email forward. Forwards all the incoming emails from one to another email box automatically, on a domain level.
  • Anycast DNS. All the name servers will have the same IP address, which will improve the speed of the domain name resolution process.

​Where do you need your name servers to be?

When choosing a DNS hosting provider, it is vital to choose one with servers where you need them. For example, if your main audience is from the USA, you might want to have several name servers there, and you won’t care so much about multiple servers in Europe.

​Do you need an API?

An API is an interface between software. If you need to integrate it with your software, you will need an API from the DNS hosting provider, and not everybody has. Check before you buy.

​How many domains (zones) are you managing?

In the plans of some DNS hosting providers, you could see domains in others zones. The zones are the administrative component for managing domains. Think about how many domains do you need? Do you need Reverse DNS zones? Do you need separate DNS zones (DNS zone file) for some subdomains?

​How many queries are you expecting?

You might not know how many queries you could expect at first, but you have an approximation. Later, as your business grows, you can jump to a higher plan with a bigger limit or even limitless.

​How many DNS records do you need?

Many DNS hosting providers have a limit of DNS records per plan. Think well about how many records you will need, or at least choose a provider that you can easily upgrade if you need more in the future.

​Do you need a specific type of DNS record?

Most of the providers will support the common DNS record types like A, AAAA, MX, SOA, and CNAME. But it is often that more specific record types are not included in their free or economic plans. If you need TXT, ALIAS, DKIM, SPF, or any other DNS type, make sure the provider includes it.

​How much are you willing to pay?

There are free plans and very expensive plans. If you have already tough well about the previous points, you could compare prices easier. Choose a plan that you can afford, but still, it can cover your needs. Trying the plan (free trial) before you sign for a year is a good way to check it.


Take these tips, and we hope you find the right DNS provider for you! 

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