Why Use Free DNS Hosting Services?
Free DNS hosting services are useful if you:
- Need secondary DNS servers.
- Need MX records for a virtual domain.
- Want control over your DNS records: change DNS frequently, changing ISPs soon.
- Can't get free service from an ISP and don't want to do it yourself.
- Are inside of a firewall and need publicly-accessible name servers outside of your firewall.
- Need name servers that are closer to the North American Internet backbones.
Providing additional secondary servers can greatly improve the reliability and accessibility of your domain. If your primary DNS becomes unavailable due to network problems, your secondary DNS entries come into play, so the more DNS servers you have, the greater the resilience to errors.
Free DNS Providers
- FreeDNS.afraid.org - Free subdomain and domain and backup DNS hosting. Instantly point yourname.afraid.org or yourname.com to any IP or URL on the Internet. Supports every TLD. Support for IPv6, dynamic DNS, URL cloaking, CNAME, A, AAAA, MX, and NS records. Round robin DNS supported (Multiple IP addresses for 1 hostname)
- No-IP - Provides free dynamic and static DNS services under various domain names. With this free service you can run your own server and have one of their domain names (8 choices) point to your IP address.
You can also set the MX record for email. The dynamic DNS service also provides a downloadable client that keeps track of your changing IP address. They also provide free URL redirection using their domain hopto.org.
- XName - Provides you with primary and secondary name servers.
- ZoneEdit - Provides free DNS, domain forwarding, email forwarding, and domain parking for up to 5 domains. You can pay for additional domains.
DNS Related Links
- DNS Stuff - Get a free DNS report which reports useful DNS information about your domain names (was previously dnsreport.com). It also features several free networking tools - Check DNS timing; DNS, Reverse DNS, NetGeo, IP and domain WHOIS lookup; Abuse and Spam database lookup; Tracert and Ping; URL deobfuscator; CIDR/Netmask Lookup; Decimal IP conversion.