(please note, I have not much knowledge about these things - so I might use some terms incorrectly)

I registered a domain name (only the name, no web hosting) and want to use it with google apps. Before I can do so, I need to have a name server where I can add a TXT record to prove ownership of the domain to google (as written here: http://www.google.com/support/a/bin/answer.py?answer=60216).

So here are my questions:

  • does anyone have any experience with http://mybind.com? It seems that this is exactly what I need, but:
    • is it reliable?
    • is it trustworthy (i.e. there's no way to contact the operator. the "contact us" link points to a site which is no longer available)?
  • what if the mybind.com stops its service - can I move to a different DNS hoster any time?
  • are there any alternative (free) services you can recommend?

Update: of course I need the DNS hosting not only to prove ownership, but also later for "normal" operation of my domain.

Update 2: I just found another free DNS hosting service: http://www.xname.org/. So any opinions about that provider are also welcome.

  • If it's free, it's probably pap. – Tom O'Connor Nov 7 '11 at 20:34
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    If you really need the service you'll pay for it. – Antti Rytsölä Nov 7 '11 at 20:38

As the owner of MyBind, I can't speak with objectivity, but:

  • At least 1 out of the 2 nameservers is always online. For example, if the primary NS is offline for maintenance, then the secondary NS is still available (RFC 2182).
  • The contact page is now fixed, so you can easily request support/features/bug fixes.
  • In the unlikely case I decide to stop hosting MyBind, you are free to move your records elsewhere (MyBind is just a record hosting service, and has no authority over your domain).
  • For alternatives, search for "free dns hosting" or visit MyBind on Alternative.to.
  • xname.org is a "free backup DNS service"

I have no experience with mybind.com. But ANY company that has a dead contact us page ... well that's a huge red flag in my book. I would check out your registrar, most of them offer DNS hosting for free or a nominal fee.

Edit due to comment: I'd suggestion something like DynDNS don't forget this isn't just to prove ownership, but you will also have to host the A and CNAME records to point back to google while you are an apps customer.

  • Unfortunately my registrar doesn't offer that service. – M4N Jul 28 '11 at 20:37
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    +1 for DynDNS, I think Zerigo offer a free plan for <60k queries per month, also their pro plans are a bit cheaper ($29/year for 600k queries on Dyn, $19/year for 1mill queries on Zerigo) but I don't think Zerigo has the advanced features of Dyn – Smudge Jul 28 '11 at 20:59
  • Zypher, the contact page is now fixed. – Nick Bolton Jul 30 '11 at 15:42

I myself used to use everydns.net before they got bought by dyndns. Now however, I use cloudns.net.

They have support for everything btw. However, my sites aren't really that busy so I wouldn't know how much they support. Only 40GB of traffic per day so.....


I had been using CloudFlare from some time now and has been very reliable and simple, totally free and without limits. Please, note that they are a startup geared towards acting as a caching CDN for websites, but also offer totally free DNS hosting.


I can't say anything about the other services, but I've been using FreeDNS for years now and I highly recommend it.


If you intend to run the primary yourself, check out BuddyNS. They are free and the service is excellent.


Check out Point. I've used it for at least two years now in over 10 domains and never had any problems. They've got 5 DNS servers distributed across the UK and US. They also have a feature to automatically add MX & SRV records for Google® mail & talk.

Plus their Control Panel interface is awesome and very easy to use.

Highly recommended!


Hurricane Electric has a free dns service.


Check out EntryDNS. It has no limitations and is totally free.

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