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PremiumDNS — always on duty

Your PremiumDNS service will always be on duty, easily able to monitor and intuitively secure DNS hosting on your behalf. Get DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) support to combat DNS attacks, super-fast DNS speeds with global Anycast servers handling the busiest of websites and your queries, and your website 100% available — for one hugely affordable price–per–year. Forget about lost connections and data leaks. Advanced DNS security with PremiumDNS has you covered.

Remember, PremiumDNS can be used with any domain, registered anywhere, and delivers the fastest DNS hosting speeds, together with airtight DNS security.

  • Always 100% online
  • Closes security gaps
  • Faster DNS speed
  • Secures any domain
  • Perfect for business
  • Easy to manage

Uptime, security & more as low as

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  • 100% uptime guarantee
    Making sure your website stays online with our 100% Service Level Agreement (SLA) with Neustar Security(2).
  • Worldwide coverage
    Enjoy speedy website performance with DNS queries served around the globe by 30+ powerful Anycast apex zone server nodes.
  • DNSSEC support
    Keep your DNS layer safe from fake traffic, with intuitive Domain Name Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protecting your DNS server queries.
  • 2 million visits per month
    Make sure your real visitors find your business website securely, with 2 million search domain DNS queries authenticated with PremiumDNS.

PremiumDNS — worth it for business

Your website is always online, thanks to your global PremiumDNS Anycast service. Your customers enjoy 100% DNS uptime and super-fast website delivery speeds.

Keep customer trust

Keep customer trust

You can be confident your visitors won’t suffer from attacks on their data. PremiumDNS with DNSSEC secures look-ups and prevents fake site redirects and more.

Secure customer queries

Secure customer queries

Visitors can always find your website. Up to 2 million of their DNS website queries (each month) travel safely on our global network.

Stop hackers

Stop hackers

Your DNS information is distributed on 30+ Anycast edge servers built to withstand DNS DDoS threats or re-route your traffic to another node if needed.

Get ALIAS record support

Get ALIAS record support

You can make ALIAS records. These ensure your DNS records freely co-exist with other DNS records about your business — no more CNAME restrictions on apex domains.

Enjoy affordable prices

Enjoy affordable prices

Your perfect business partner, PremiumDNS, easily secures your website for your customers, all at the lowest price on the market.

What is DNS and why is it important?

Most of us don’t think about it, but the DNS (Domain Name System) is used each day by everyone on the Internet to look up websites. The DNS runs the Internet, living in the background, making all the connections you need to run a website. But everything the DNS does is time-limited. If a connection request takes too long, it will simply drop the request.

See why you should care about the DNS, below.

Why do you need PremiumDNS?

The DNS is like an open address book, with public and private users — but unfortunately, not everyone is trustworthy. If your website is without the protection of a reliable DNS service, it can experience DNS disruptions and suddenly go offline.

This problem is easily solved by PremiumDNS.

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PremiumDNS vs competitors

Have a look at the comparison table below. The choice is clear!

PremiumDNSGodaddy PDNSDNSimple
Unique to Namecheap, our SLA backed by market leader, Neustar Security gives the only 100% uptime guarantee for any DNS platform.
DDoS protection
Distributed Denial of Service protection mitigates Internet Layer 1-4 DNS hacker attacks.
DNSSEC Zone signing
Domain Name Service Security Extension Zone signing creates a chain of trust between your DNS traffic and web-users.
ALIAS record
ALIAS records have no apex restrictions and can co-exist freely anywhere unlike CNAME records which are restricted.
Price$4.88 /yr$35.88 /yr$300.00 /yr
Add to Cart*Information in this table is correct as of November 2020.

Why Namecheap

Privacy and Security

Your website security and privacy comes first at Namecheap, and we will always support the rights of individuals and consumers online. It’s our mission to keep the Internet open, free, and safe for everyone.

Your Business Online

Boost your business with industry-premium products and services, at prices that won’t break your budget. If it doesn’t provide you with a better Internet experience, we simply don’t offer it.

Customer Service

You’re covered by a Support Team that’s renowned for being one of the most knowledgeable, friendly, and professional in the business. Real people are ready to assist you with any issue, any time, 24/7.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is Premium DNS?

    Compared with a more basic DNS service, Premium DNS ensures faster performance, maximum site availability, and better security. Namecheap PremiumDNS operates from redundant Anycast locations, and works with any domain name from any registrar worldwide.

    Our PremiumDNS supports 2 million queries per month per domain name, ready to handle the traffic of your company’s mission-critical operations. Learn more about the differences between free vs PremiumDNS.

  • Do I need PremiumDNS?

    This may depend on the needs of your web projects. If you are running high-traffic websites that have high performance and security requirements, then PremiumDNS would be a sensible option.

    While on the one hand, websites that are slow or even fail to load can cost businesses dearly, security breaches can be potentially fatal. PremiumDNS is just one measure that can be taken to improve both the security and performance of your website.

  • What is the difference between Public DNS and Premium DNS?

    Public DNS use recursive name servers that send queries to the DNS, and it is accessible to anyone using the internet. This contrasts with authoritative DNS servers that connect DNS records within a particular zone, and are only available to the domain authority.

    Namecheap’s PremiumDNS is an authoritative DNS service with benefits that include improved security, speeds, uptime, personalization, as well as guaranteed SLAs. Read more about how free and Premium DNS services match up.

  • Is a DNS upgrade worth it?

    There are many reasons to pay extra for an improved DNS service. The first is performance, as most businesses cannot afford the costs of a slow or malfunctional website. But even more importantly, DDoS attacks can be extremely damaging and must be avoided at all costs.

    When you have a premium DNS service with an impressive Service Level Agreement (SLA), you can rest assured that this aspect of your website performance and security has been addressed.

  • How secure is PremiumDNS?

    Namecheap PremiumDNS combines intelligent server security with DNSSEC and 100% uptime. Make sure you choose a service like PremiumDNS which offers users smart global infrastructure, high-level DDoS security for your network layer, includes DNSSEC, and contains no hidden query charges. Learn more about DNSSEC.

    Different DNS servers offer varying levels of security which means you could experience vulnerabilities common to these less secure DNS services such as attacks from malicious hackers, including DDoS intrusions. Some offer the same security as at large prices because they mainly cater to super large websites (like Amazon, for example).

  • Is DNS the same as VPN?

    No, these are two different Internet technologies. The Domain Name System (DNS) allows Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to be easily configured. As IP addresses are difficult for humans to remember, the DNS acts as an address book to find things more easily.

    A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a technique for converting a public Internet connection to a private one. This means users can hide their IP addresses and gain a secure and private Internet connection by using a remote VPN server.

    Although DNS and VPN are different services, they can both be used to improve Internet security.

  • Is Namecheap DNS fast?

    PremiumDNS from Namecheap uses global Anycast servers to ensure the fastest delivery speeds at all times. This also means you can avoid any lost connections or data leaks and enjoy 100% uptime. Learn more about Anycast DNS.

  • Can DNS slow down Internet connections?

    The DNS does not directly relate to Internet speed, though it is a system of Internet queries and responses that make the delivery of a website possible. There are various factors that can affect the connection being established, and these can slow down website delivery. For example, DNS queries may experience high levels of traffic or need to be rerouted multiple times.

    Signing up to advanced DNS services like PremiumDNS is the best way of ensuring you experience no slowness due to DNS. Here are some other tips for dealing with slow DNS issues.

  • Which deep-layer of the internet is PremiumDNS protecting?

    PremiumDNS protects your website against DNS floods and DNS Amplification attacks. If you think of how the internet operates over seven layers, layers 1-4 operate at the DNS level. Cybercrime attack styles at this deeper layer try to overwhelm and shut down your website. These attacks are different from Layer 7 attacks, which a CDN protects you from. Of some concern is that deeper-layer amplification attacks are increasing in popularity which is why PremiumDNS protection is necessary.

  • Does Namecheap have DDoS protection?

    Advanced DNS DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Protection is just one of the features included when you sign up to PremiumDNS with Namecheap. It uses Anycast DNS which stores DNS records across multiple servers around the world. This helps to redistribute DNS queries across the network at the time of an attack, so denial of service can be avoided.

    Another way of securing against DDoS attacks is with advanced Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. This is another global network for the content that populates your website. In the time of high traffic or a DDoS attack, it can also redistribute the content accordingly.

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  • One price per domain per year. PremiumDNS works with any domain name registered with any registrar.
  • If you experience downtime due to a PremiumDNS failure, we'll provide a compensatory credit for up to 30 days.

Additional Service Details
  • If your domain name’s expiration date is less than a year away, our system will synchronize the PremiumDNS service to expire on the same date as your domain name.
  • If your domain name’s expiration date is more than a year away, our system will synchronize the PremiumDNS service to expire on the same date as your domain name and prorate the cost of PremiumDNS accordingly. To align with your domain name, the prorated cost will apply for one year plus the appropriate number of months.
  • If you switch from another third-party DNS provider to PremiumDNS, the existing DNS records with that third-party DNS provider will not automatically transfer over to PremiumDNS, which may result in downtime for your domain name. You will need to manually add any existing DNS records to PremiumDNS after switching, See here for help to move from a third-party DNS provider to PremiumDNS.
  • PremiumDNS will not be offered during domain name transfers.
  • Namecheap reserves the right to deny PremiumDNS service to any user without explanation.
  • DNSSEC is only available for TLDs that support DNSSEC.

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