I'm almost finished my classifieds website, made using php-mysql and I've been considering a hosting provider, who is giving a good configuration at a fair price. The only drawback is that they do not provide their own nameservers. So, i might need to connect with a cname.

I have previously used DigitalOcean and Linode - both of them i love, but i wondered what are the major drawbacks of a hosting service in not having their own nameservers? Thanks!

  • "I hosted my content on a site with no name / it felt great to not get all the blame / on a website, you can't post without shame / for there's always someone who trolls as a game" – womble Nov 6 '15 at 4:18
  • I've been considering a hosting provider - That statement couldn't be any more vague and nebulous. Are we to presume the type of service they're hosting for you is a website? – joeqwerty Nov 6 '15 at 4:31
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    I don't know why is there so much sarcasm for a simple question - Because this is a site for professionals who expect other professionals to post fully formed questions with specific details about their problem, not to post vague and nebulous statements that leave us guessing as to what's being asked. Your question in it's original form didn't give us enough information to know what type of hosting you were referring to. The term hosting could mean anything. – joeqwerty Nov 6 '15 at 14:09
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    Personally I don't see any drawbacks to a web hosting company not hosting your DNS. Why would you want them to? Are they DNS experts or web hosting experts? My opinion is that you probably shouldn't put your DNS eggs in a web hosting basket. – joeqwerty Nov 6 '15 at 14:11
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    I am, they are not useful for this question. If you want to have discussion about topicality on SF or the way you feel you were treated, meta.serverfault.com is the place for that. – EEAA Nov 6 '15 at 20:03

It is typical a hosting provider doesn't provide DNS, most users use the Nameservers provided to them by their registrar, others will use CloudFlare (which is free)

You would not use a CNAME, you would use an A Record (and/or aaaa for ipv6), the IP Address you have with those VPS Providers does not change unless you choose to do so.

  • Thank you for the input, Jacob. So do you say there is no harm in taking up their services? And btw, why an A RECORD and not a CNAME? Thanks – codemode Nov 6 '15 at 14:34
  • A record, you are pointing to an IP, not another domain. Other shared services that provide you a domain change their IP addresses regularly and want the ability o change it without your permission, also you open a huge security risk of you CNAME your root domain as CNAME includes A, MX, NS, SPF, SRV and any other RR type. – Jacob Evans Nov 6 '15 at 15:13

I wouldn't do it, but I hate not having total control of my servers. Not being able to edit my SOA record at DynDNS even makes me a bit twitchy. But I digress; I'm assuming you're talking about hosting a website only?

Someone will have a nameserver for your domain - your registrar? If so, you may be stuck with their email services unless you can change your MX records. Also, SSL certificates could pose a problem with CNAMEs depending on how you handle the CNAME and cert creation.

If this was just a landing page or a splash page, I'd say go for it. But if you're trying to build something around website, you're going to want more control sooner rather than later. If they have a no-contract option, that may be worth it.

Edit 02: Please remember, just because a condition may be obvious or common-sense to you, does not mean it is so for everyone:



SSL Certificate on CNAME

Does an SSL certificate work on CNAME'd urls?




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    "SSL certificates pose a problem with CNAMEs" [citation needed] – womble Nov 6 '15 at 5:44
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    ...and why is that a problem? – EEAA Nov 6 '15 at 6:09
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    The WHAAAAAAT??? – womble Nov 6 '15 at 6:12
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    That's true for anything a cert validates, nothing to do with the DNS record type! – Wesley Nov 6 '15 at 6:24
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    @codemode he cannot as it is not a valid statement. – Jacob Evans Nov 6 '15 at 14:22

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