What are Name Servers?

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
Name Servers

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?

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[UPDATE] No-IP Spring Cleaning

spring_cleanSpring 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!

Holiday Shopping Brought to You By Managed DNS

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I am a total sucker for an online deal; 1 day sales, Cyber Monday sales, Black Friday sales, I am the exact target market. So it should be no surprise I also love holiday shopping!

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Still Not Using A Managed DNS Provider?

Did you know that if you are not using a managed DNS provider, it can be detrimental to your website and eCommerce? Most people register their domain and then just use the DNS that is provided by the registrar.  This technique is okay if you are a running a small personal website, small blogs, etc, but if you are a business that relies heavily on the up time of your website, you should definitely reconsider.

What will you gain if you choose to use a managed DNS provider?

1. Reliability
2. Speed- With our 11 points of presence across the globe, your users will be connected to the server that is located closest to them. This makes connecting and loading webpages on your site faster.
3. DNS failover protection
4. Money- Less downtime= more money in your pocket. Even a few minutes of downtime can end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
5. Redundancy- If your website is only hosted on two name servers (that are typically on the same network) when one goes down, they both will, bringing down your entire website.

But, why is a managed DNS provider better than your registrar? Typically, registrars do not have time to focus their energy on DNS, so this means that the servers they have available are are not as fast and have high TTLs (time to lives), which makes changing and updating values extremely slow.

Also, in most cases, your registrar will only give you two name servers to use and the name servers are usually on the same network, which means less redundancy (if one goes out, they both will, bringing down your entire site) and are usually hosted on over subscribed, overworked networks.

If website is your livelihood and money maker, why not have it running on premium fuel instead of regular? Check out our Plus DNS. No-IP Plus offers all of the above features for a small fraction of the cost that one outage to your website could cost. What are you waiting for?