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(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.

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  • 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
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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"
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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.

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  • 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
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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.....

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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.

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

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

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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!

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Hurricane Electric has a free dns service.

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

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