Paid DNS Considerations
The argument goes that if your site is relatively small and you don’t expect it to grow, there's no reason to use a premium DNS service these days. Several of the high-end providers will offer a free tier anyway.
Consider this; the value of going premium can be likened to the value of the site/domain you are running. Even if you don’t have a high-traffic website, you’ve got a website. It’s likely that you want to make sure it’s safe and always online.
Most site owners think premium is only necessary for large corporations that need the performance and security enhancement premium services offer. Because hackers target everyone these days, it’s worth considering a paid DNS that fits your budget to avoid the hassle.
Another huge benefit of premium nameserver services is the scope for configuration. You might want more control over your nameserver setup and don’t want to have to to email support because you don’t have full access to your nameservers. Premium allows you to make basic and advanced configurations yourself, with superior assistance, if required.
How to Choose a Premium DNS Provider
All well-known premium DNS service providers will offer comprehensive solutions to your DNS needs. However, we’ve noticed some areas they all fall short on. Some so-called premium service providers offer little by way of premium features aside from reporting, which doesn’t make a fully premium service.
We can’t speak for every DNS provider but can guarantee that Namecheap offers a complete array of premium features. We’re best known for domain registration services, but we also offer free and premium DNS hosting, featuring Dynamic DNS to use as your primary DNS service or as a backup.
In 2016, we introduced a 100% uptime service that guarantee websites are available 100% of the time. With proven protection powered by leading Internet security company Verisign, we offer one of the world’s most robust DNS platforms and 100% SLA for ultimate reliability.
Multiple DNS Providers
It’s entirely possible to have multiple DNS providers to eliminate the possibility of a single point of failure. This is commonplace with powerful websites because if one server is taken down by a malicious attack, they can always resort to the secondary server. This saves face in an online service community based on security and reliability.
How Much Does Paid DNS Cost?
The overall cost of DNS services depends on a few factors: the size of your website; resources required; the kind of traffic the hosting would respond to; which security measures are needed; and so on. The good news is, premium DNS is generally very affordable, with packages ranging from a few dollars to around $60 per year.
The price point Namecheap offers with its Premium DNS makes a great argument for even the smallest of businesses to deploy this service. For a few dollars a year, our Premium DNS comes at a price any small business or individuals can afford, at markedly better value than the rest of the competition.
Switching to Premium DNS
You can always try free DNS hosting and then decide whether you need premium. If you do decide that premium DNS is the best option for your domain, it takes only a few simple steps to switch your services from the unpaid version. Once you’ve decided your domain could benefit from premium servers, think about your future needs to assess which plans match up with your requirements.
Just make sure that you check the SLA and examine the specifications of each plan, as well as comparing the specs to the needs you anticipate for your domain. You want to make sure your bases are covered!
It’s also entirely possible to use premiums DNS from a third-party, as in, not your domain name host. To use premium DNS services from elsewhere, you need to re-point the domain to the required servers.