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.
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.
Name servers perform the critical task of translating domain names to the IP address needed to connect online. You can think of them like a phone book. They hold all of the IP addresses of all the domain names that are hosted on them. If it weren’t for name servers saving all of the records of domain names, you would have to know the IP address of every single website that you visit. Visiting the No-IP website would not be as simple as typing in www.noip.com into your browser, you would have to type the actual IP address http://188.8.131.52.
When you register a domain and host a website, you are able to choose who handles your name server records. If you delegate your domain to No-IP, our Plus Managed DNS handles your websites DNS. Choosing a managed DNS provider is a wise decision if you rely heavily on your website and hate the thought of experiencing any downtime. How much would website downtime cost you?
What is DNS?
Spring has sprung again! (Although in some parts of the United States it feels like Christmas is just around the corner.) But, nonetheless, Spring is officially upon us and there is no better time than now to work on spring cleaning your No-IP account!
1. Make sure all of your contact information is up-to-date. Consider updating your email settings. We send tons of valuable offers via email and also a cool monthly newsletter!
2. Check when your hosts were last updated and verify if they are still in use or not. Delete hosts that are no longer needed.
3. Have multiple No-IP accounts? Consider joining these accounts together into one Enhanced account to gain more features! (It’s only $14.95 a year! “That’s like a dollar an hour!” No, but it is only $1.25 a month) Joining multiple accounts will make management of multiple clients a breeze and it will help to keep you in check with our Terms of Service. (who doesn’t love being in compliance, woohoo!)
Also, be sure to Share, Like, Tweet, and all that Happy Spring Cleaning!