DNS Services from a Linode User
I am therefore willing to extend this offer…
I will provide DNS services for any Linode user. At present I should be able to do so for very little charge. As I only have one 1 Linode both of the nameservers are actually a single machine. This means that if my Linode goes down then so does the DNS.
If there is enough interest (eg. users willing to pay) then I could purchase and setup a second linode that is dedicated to providing primary DNS Services only. At present I could see where this would be around $12/year for each user and maybe even less if there are enough users interested.
At present it would include:
Custom DNS Control Panel
Unlimited DNS Entries
Anyone who is interested should send an email to dns at snowprods dot com with a subject line of Linode DNS.
I would have a great interest need more details.
Default zone would be something like this….
@ IN SOA yourdomain.com. admin.yourdomain.com. (
2003110701 ; Serial
8H ; Refresh
2H ; Retry
4W ; Expire
1D ) ; Minimum
MX 10 yourdomain.com. ; Mail Exchanger
yourdomain.com. A 126.96.36.199
*.yourdomain.com. A 188.8.131.52
I have a few more at MyDomain.com. The dns at MyDomain.com is free even if your domain is registered elsewhere. Its pretty good too.
I only question this because I checked there before I attempted to do it on my own and didn't see it anywhere.
That's also part of the reason why I made the offer. I was using mydomain.com for a little while and the time it took for some of my changes to show up didn't satisfy my needs. I've also noticed that many of us who use Linodes would prefer something a little more powerful (and it doesn't hurt that it was designed with us in mind).
Godaddy provides dns services? for free?
Sure do. They have done for a couple of months. Go to
www.godaddy.comand see the big red FREE near the top right corner. It was a bit confusing and hard to find at first but I logged in last night and the user interface has changed again and looks a lot better. Their label 'Total DNS Control' may be stretching things a bit but it does all that most people need to do.
I've always had pretty good service from GoDaddy.
I'd rather pay a few bucks extra for an OpenSRS reseller (I use insue.com, plenty of them exist)
> Why on earth are you guys using godaddy.com ?
I'm cheap and that means that I would rather pay less for something that is really quite trivial. I mean, all they do is ensure that everyone else knows that I own the domain and that's it.
From what I can see, this is only provided if you are hosting with Godaddy.
No! That is not true. I'm using their dns for about ten domains and have only signed up for and paid for domain registration.
It is hidden until you point your domain at their servers. Under 'Name servers', select 'Default Parked Nameservers'. It will automatically point you to something like PARK11.SECURESERVER.NET and PARK12.SECURESERVER.NET. After that, you see more options, including 'Total DNS Control'. You can create A (on primary and subdomains), MX and CNAMEs. As far as I can tell, it won't let you create an MX on a subdomain although I haven't played with it since the UI has changed.
As for why I use them: They are low cost, reliable and do what I want.
I have a couple domains hosted at Verio, but their system (while reasonably flexible) is a bit clunky, and really is only convenient if it's attached to web hosting.
Granitecanyon are also free but are kind of difficult to set up.
I use everydns.net. They have a easy to use web interface and are totally free.
I will second this recommendation, everydns has been quite reliable over the two years I have had my dns with them. The only downside is they don't offer a txt record entry, so you can't put in spf records.
(if you don't know what I am talking about
I had the misfortune of picking NameSecure as my registrar. I picked them because they said they were inexpensive ($7.95) and would provide DNS.
1) "7.95" is per year for a five-year sign-up. No, thanks. My cost was
actually $13.00/year for two years. ($130.00 for 5 domains.)
2) Namesecure's tech support is absolutely horrible: no phone number, e-mail bounces because it's overloaded. I had to use Fax.
3) their "free" DNS is highly restricted. If you want MX records (necessary if you want to run your own e-mail server) they charge extra. When I found this out I looked into alternatives. ZoneEdit gives you 5 zones for free (a "zone" is a domain) and on two servers. Their web interface is quite easy to use.
Incidentally, if you really want to set of your own DNS and control it locally, you can still use ZoneEdit or another free DNS as a secondary DNS. A secondary DNS watches your main DNS, so you can make your modifications on your main DNS and never touch the secondary after you set it up.
Very easy to use, and free for up to 5 domains. Dyndns.org is good too, but it's only free if you use one of their subdomains. If you want to use your own TLD you have to use Custom DNS which is $24.95/year per domain.
By default, the following record types would be supported : SOA, NS, A, MX
I also plan to add support for PTR, LOC, TXT, and CNAME prior to general public availability.
Thus far, I have only been using SOA, NS, A, and MX for my needs. As I understand it, Linode users will never need PTR support as this is handled by Linode for us. I'm not sure how widely this kind of support would actually be needed by the general public.
I have seen several comments about needing TXT and LOC records being a nice thing to have available. I have also seen some references to CNAME entries but I'm not sure what the benefits would be compared to an A entry.
If you can provide feedback on these issues and are capable of and able to test at least one domain with several of these entries, please let me know.
I have several questions….I have registered a domain w/ godaddy. Now, how do I go about pointing my static ip to that domain and where do I get the nameserver information. I guess maybe someone with some experience with godaddy probably knows a lot more about this than I do. I really am a novice with this, so the more explicit the explanation, the better. I really appreciate any help I can get.
I'm switching DNS from my linode to godaddy, the registrar
I already use. Total DNS Control is awesome. Call me at
205-854-4697 and I'll walk you through it. Won't take 5 min.
Less load on the Linode - excellent. I always found BIND
somewhat tedious to set up, myself.
As far as the original offer in this thread, consider it rescinded as there are many other options out there that are probably light-years beyond what I can do at this moment.