People often find it hard to decide if they should separate their domain registrar from their DNS provider, or keep their domain registration and DNS together. The truth is there are some benefits and drawbacks related to both options and it's up to you to choose for yourself.
Should you keep domain registration and DNS together?
A domain registrar allows you to register domains and maintain an ownership record for them. A registrar also keeps track of important technical information, such as the name servers to which a domain is delegated.
A DNS provider runs the name servers that are used by registrars. The name servers then indicate the machines that run your website.
So, what happens when you get all of these services in one place? The primary benefit of keeping your domain registration and DNS together is ease of management. You get streamlined domain and DNS management, with a set of tools that are easier to use. If you need to make a configuration change, you likely only need to make a single change for actions that in reality require multiple steps.
Our recent launch of secondary DNS is a perfect example of this. If your domain is registered with us, we will automatically change the delegation to include the secondary name servers you have chosen rather than requiring you to make the change yourself. This can make this complicated procedure much easier and less error prone.
Another case where keeping domain registration and DNS management together could simplify things is the configuration of DNSSEC for a domain. Most recently this would have been advantageous for HBO's launch of HBO Now in which the DS record on their domain got out of sync with their DNSKEY. If their DNS provider were also their registrar, there would have been no need for manual steps and the DS record could have been updated with the DNSKEY.
What are the drawbacks of keeping domain registration and DNS together?
The primary drawback of this option is the risk of outages. If you keep your domain and DNS together and your provider experiences some kind of problem causing outage, you may not be able to make changes to your configuration, and may even experience downtime.
Many registrars that also offer DNS service do not focus primarily on providing the most advanced DNS technologies available. An Anycast Network is one way of improving your DNS infrastructure and allowing more resilience.
Sometimes Anycast isn't enough though and backup measures such as allowing the configuration of Secondary DNS providers in the case that your primary name servers fail. While this won't provide perfect resolution, it does prevent a full outage if any other part of your infrastructure fails.
If you want to keep your domain registration and DNS together, you should choose the right company. This would be a company that is primarily a DNS provider and additionally offers domain registration as a secondary service. This way, you can be sure that you will get the latest DNS technology at your disposal.
How can you do it with DNSimple?
DNSimple offers several services to make domain and DNS management as simple and painless as possible. Due to a passion for simplifying DNS and domain management for you, we are constantly making improvements, using the latest technologies.
The primary business of DNSimple is hosted DNS. This is reflected in our subscription model which is explicitly for DNS services. Registration of domains has always been a separate purchase and is secondary to providing the best DNS service available. This model also allows us to perform certain actions on behalf of our customers if they have their domains registered with us, but it also allows the freedom for the customer to choose another domain registrar.
What are the benefits of choosing DNSimple?
When you choose DNSimple services, you can be absolutely sure that you won't get complicated and confusing domain and DNS management. You also won't get complex pricing and up-selling tricks. What you will get is excellent DNS and domain management, with minimum effort.
We are all developers and we care deeply about supporting our customers. When you ask for help, at least one of us will be hard at work to solve your issues as quickly as possible.
Another major focus is providing the best hosted DNS service we can. Choosing DNSimple provides you with access to great Anycast domain name service with globally distributed name servers. Having DNS services distributed throughout the world means that you'll get faster responses globally, and increased reliability.
Aside from the powerful DNS hosting, DNSimple provides access to innovative records such as ALIAS, URL, and POOL records. These records provide customers with easier domain management, and simplified integration with many services.
DNSimple offers DNS services with monthly plans starting at $3. You can sign up for a 30-day free trial, and you won't get charged until the end of the trial. Join DNSimple today, and explore the opportunities for easy and simple DNS and domain management.