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I'm currently looking for a decent DNS zone & record manager an would love some recommendations.

The host for these sites doesn't offer anything, but something as simple as Slicehost's DNS screens would be great.

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dyndns.com?

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Been using it for close to 8 years, never had a reason to complain. –  Ken Gentle Nov 25 '08 at 1:43
    
great interface. Also no reasons to complain. Plus, they implement improvements from time-to-time that are nice improvements. No steps backwards. –  Adam Mar 6 '09 at 5:44
    
As of 2013 free dyndns ain't what it used to be. Once in a while it looses another feature you'll miss a lot. Taken the payed services into account you'll get more for less anywhere else. –  mbx May 28 '13 at 16:04

I'm personally using the free Afraid Free DNS service and have always been very happy with it.

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I use ZoneEdit.

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+1 Their website looks like ass, but it works and I've never had any problems. –  Adam Lassek Nov 24 '08 at 14:45
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Heh, yeah, their website is pretty bad, but as you said it does work very well. –  Ryan Duffield Nov 24 '08 at 14:55
    
I have started having problem such as their servers not responding to new domains. I have also found their support to be very slow and the last time they got back to me, they said my account doesn't exist...I have over 100 domains with them! –  Darryl Hein Nov 29 '08 at 17:48
    
Just a few years ago I think they switched owners/got bought or something like that because response time, service and quality seemed to take a big hit. I'm still using them but it's nothing like the good old ZoneEdit anymore :7 –  Oskar Duveborn Oct 11 '09 at 22:39
    
I've been using zoneedit for many years, but arrived here because I'm looking for an alternative. The old "looks like ass" interface was fantastically functional and easy to use. They "upgraded" the interface a while ago and it is now extremely painful and slow. Also, a week or so ago I had a complete DNS failure... I have two in place (ns7 and ns12.zoneedit.com) and they both were toast. I can't take it anymore, so I'm switching. –  Russ Jul 15 '11 at 12:48

One option would be to have your first DNS entry hosted with your registrar, then run bind or similar on your server, and run all other DNS queries through that.

Presuming, of course, you've a domain and hosting provider :)

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http://www.everydns.com/

I use it with my Linode account to manage about 5 domains with many sub-domains. Didn't want to fuss with bind or djbdns.

Their limits on the number of domains and records you can manage are quite high and the interface is simple too.

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I also recommend everydns. They also support dynmic domains and are supported by the tomato firmware for linksys routers. –  Alex Oct 12 '09 at 1:17
    
One less contender... www.everydns.com is merging with dyndns.com –  Russ Jul 15 '11 at 12:50
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"As of September 9th, 2011, EditDNS and EveryDNS services have been retired." –  hyperslug May 16 '12 at 17:04

I've used ZoneEdit for years and been happy with their service. However, due to some recent hiccups, I decided to try out some alternatives.

I spent a few months using Pingdom's service to test several DNS hosting companies that have a free option. It isn't definitive, but I tried all of these personally with my own domain.

These results only represent a recent snapshot of 8 days. Things can and often do change over time. But at least for this month, I would recommend Namecheap or ClouDNS. I think Namecheap was better, but I loved the UI at ClouDNS.

  1. Namecheap (avg response: 82 ms, std dev: 175 ms)
  2. ClouDNS (avg response: 93 ms, std dev: 319 ms)
  3. ZoneEdit (avg response: 91 ms, std dev: 280 ms)
  4. GeoScaling (avg response: 103 ms, std dev: 332 ms)
  5. XName (avg response: 117 ms, std dev: 325 ms)
  6. DNS Exit (avg response: 256 ms, std dev: 1025 ms)
  7. FreeDNS (avg response: 187 ms, std dev: 530 ms)
  8. Afraid (avg response: 223 ms, std dev: 1022 ms, over 20% downtime)

I have no affiliation with any of these services.

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