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Static IP addresses are pretty rare these days.
They are typically only offered by ISPs to business clients and sometimes to residential users – but for a cost. How much would a static IP address cost though? We went ahead and collected a few of the major ISPs costs so you can see for yourself.
Let’s start with the basics, the basis of the system. DNS stands for Domain Name Service.
What is DNS?
It’s like the whitepage directory for the Internet. You supply a name, DNS supplies a number. The name in this case is specifically a hostname and the number is an IP address. Without DNS you would have to remember every IP address of every website you want to visit. With over 300 million websites on the web, remembering every IP address would be utterly impossible, well unless maybe you’re Kim Peek: The Real Rain Man.
FTP sites (which stands for File Transfer Protocol) are great for file sharing and the ability to access and edit files remotely over an IP-based network. You can easily download music, videos, and other large files that would normally be impossible to share via email.
The only trouble is many ISPs only offer dynamic IP addresses, making it nearly impossible for users to find the FTP site using the same IP address. A solution? Use Dynamic DNS service (DDNS) to redirect your IP.
In this instance, the Dynamic DNS acts as a proxy, allowing users to type in a simple, static URL which routes to the correct IP address for the FTP site.
Sounds technical, but it’s really quite simple – check out our easy guide to learn how to setup your own FTP server.
Many times, it’s only after a DNS has come under attack or after it has suffered unwanted downtime that we start thinking strategically about DNS.
DNS is an integral component of your overall website strategy. Individuals and enterprises alike spend valuable resources creating and promoting their brands and forget about managing perhaps the most important aspect of it - their domain name.