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Does anyone know a good DNS hosting service that has an API and gives you a reasonable amount of domains / zones for the price?

I'm setting up a hosting service & want to script the creation of the DNS entries through a web app.

Right now our DNS is hosted with where they have an API and unlimited DNS entries included with every account.

I was just wondering if there was anything out there that was DNS only.


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Product recommendations are off topic per the FAQ. – sysadmin1138 Jan 14 '12 at 3:34

Amazon Route 53 comes to mind.

It's an extremely scalable pure DNS hosting service with 'pay for what you use' pricing, and it's API managed.

Some highlights of Route 53:

On the downsides, some use cases don't fit well with the Route 53 pricing model -- especially people who lave lots of 'dormant' domains don't like the 1 USD pr zone-month fee.

Or, if you're looking for something a little more capable, then DynDNS' DynECT platform comes to mind. DynDNS has a long track record for excellent DNS hosting, and is the DNS host for StackExchange. Their DynECT is kind of expensive (~200 USD/month), but it has neat things like Global Server Load Balancing / GeoDNS; good GUI, telephone support etc. And from their website copy, it seems DynECT has an API as well (I haven't used it).

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I would highly recommend Zerigo DNS. They have a REST API:

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+1 for Zerigo, we're using them to server over 500k querys a day – Smudge Jun 23 '11 at 22:49
Zerigo has been down for +10hr today due to a DDoS attack. Status updates are slow to come. – Gaia Jul 23 '12 at 12:34 -- haven't used the API, but the DNS service is good.

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This isn't helpful now/yet, but I have used DNS Made Easy for a year now and they have been excellent. It looks like they have future plans to implement an API, but have not done so yet. They only do DNS though, so that answers half of your question :)

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