Hosting is simply parking your website on a computer which then connects to the internet. Whenever someone
types your website address, the stored pages are retrieved via the internet and displayed to the person.
DNS hosting is just a form of this.
Many domain name registrars offer hosting with domain registration, and there are free and premium DNS hosting
services available. For example Namecheap offers
FreeDNS for people whose registrars don’t provide DNS hosting with domain registration as well as
Premium DNS hosting platform which can be used with any domain name registered with any registrar.
Free DNS - Try free DNS hosting for your website and decide later whether you need to upgrade to premium or not. If your
website is relatively small, there’s no need to use a Premium DNS, and several registrars
offer a free tier anyway. Most registrars will provide basic tools to publish and modify
CNAME, MX, A, SRV, TXT and other records for instance. If this is all you expect to do, free
DNS will be sufficient for your needs.
Premium DNS accounts - Premium hosting provides quicker response to your visitors, unfailing access, maximum uptime and more
powerful security measures. Most offer advanced features such as advanced reporting capabilities,
DNS load balancing, and some other tools beneficial if you’re building complex applications
across multiple service providers. Given the increased attacks on websites by hackers in
recent years, many site holders are opting for premium hosting. Premium DNS packages offer
an additional level of security to your website and more protection against hackers.
As mentioned, it’s possible to change the nameservers for a domain. Nameservers direct your domains name
to the company in control of its DNS settings. This is commonly the domain name registrar, the company
you registered the domain name with. If your domain is hosted by anyone else, they provide alternative
servers that you will to point to instead.
If you want to change your nameservers, you need to find out who your domain service provider is. To find
out the hostname of an IP Address, you may look up the domain name DNS records using
WHOis DNS Lookup. Use this browser-based network tool for information regarding who is hosting a
particular domain or find out who your DNS provider is if you’re unsure.
Most domain registrars offer Whois Lookup options. ICANN regulates the Whois database, this database stores
contact information for the owners of all domains registered. The database lists the name, address, email
and phone number of each domain owner alongside information regarding the domain availability status,
and whether your registration/expiration dates and related info.
DNS Privacy Protection
If you’re interested in the security of your private information, Namecheap provides WhoisGuard, a privacy
protection service, if you register or transfer a domain. The WhoisGuard services swap your contact information
with Namecheap contact info in the Whois database. Anyone searching the public record won’t come across
Whois database. Anyone searching the public record won’t come across your details. This process, known as
DNS propagation can take up to 72 hours to take effect, during which the ISP updates their caches with
the new DNS information for your domain. It takes seemingly an age in internet time to update because
your changes pass through several ISP nodes before reaching the hosting server.