The domain name system (DNS) is an internet technology service that allows a domain name to be translated into an Internet Protocol address (IP). A domain name is a meaningful and easy-to-remember name that relates to an Internet address (IP).
DNS handles the mapping between host names, which we humans find convenient (oldwww.dnsmadeeasy.com), and Internet addresses which computers understand for example 192.168.98.2.
A domain name is used to locate an organization or other entity on the Internet. For example dnsmadeeasy.com is the domain for the DNS Made Easy organization. www.dnsmadeeasy.com is a computer in the DNS Made Easy organization.
A Fully Qualified Domain Name is the complete name to specify a specific computers location in the hierarchy of a complete domain.
For example there may be two groups within the DNS Made Easy organization; sales and support. So we could use the sub-domains sales.dnsmadeeasy.com and support.dnsmadeeasy.com. If there was a specific system in the support sub-domain, the FQDN for this computer would be computer1.support.dnsmadeeasy.com.
oldwww.dnsmadeeasy.com is the FQDN for the web server for the entire DNS Made Easy organization. Whereas www.support.dnsmadeeasy.com could be the FQDN for the web server for only the support department inside of the DNS Made Easy organization.
TTL (time to live) is the amount of time that your DNS record is cached in resolving name servers the Internet, measured in seconds. If your IP is dynamic (changes often) or if you plan to move your computer to another IP, it is recommended to set your TTL to a lower value to minimize this cache time. Once your IP is on a static IP or after you have transferred your system to the new IP, it is recommended to switch your TTL to a higher value.
The higher the TTL the faster the performance of DNS since most machines will have the value cached for a longer period of time reducing lookups. However, a TTL that it too high often causes lengthy periods of downtime if your system is ever needs to switch IPs.
If your computer’s IP is static then a recommended TTL ranges from 12 hours (43200 seconds) to 24 hours (86400 seconds). If your computer uses a dynamic IP then it is recommended that your TTL is between 5 and 120 seconds.
All DNS changes are immediate once your domain has been added to our name servers, this is due to our proprietary Peregrine Instant DNS Update technology.
When changing a record, it will take the length of the TTL (time to live) in seconds to expire before your new changes go into effect. You can set the TTL to any value before or after making changes to your records. Reasonable values for a static IP are anywhere from 12 hours (43200 seconds) to 24 hours (86400 seconds). Reasonable values for a Dynamic IP are between 5 and 120 seconds.
Domains which use Secondary DNS are scheduled to be added to the secondary DNS services no earlier than 2 hours after you enter the data into the system. This provides enough time to configure your primary DNS servers to allow AXFR/IXFR transfers to our secondary name servers. You should allow at least 48 hours for configuration changes to propagate before removing any previous name servers.
You or another agency must provide the Primary DNS.
Tell your registrar the following additional secondary name servers from DNS Made Easy in addition to your primary name server(s):
- ns5.dnsmadeeasy.com – 22.214.171.124
- ns6.dnsmadeeasy.com – 126.96.36.199
- ns7.dnsmadeeasy.com – 188.8.131.52
If you limit your primary name server(s) to allow transfers to certain IP’s, the name servers to allow transfers from in your ACL are:
These three IPs should be allowed AXFR requests and should be listed in any NOTIFY statements that you have configured.
You can modify the master IP address for your secondary DNS domain by changing the assigned IP Set for the domain. We have a list of available tutorials for IP Sets here.
You can specify up to 5 master IP’s for your secondary zones, these are the only IP’s that AXFR transfer will be accepted from.
A Dynamic DNS service allows a client connecting to the Internet with a dynamic IP address access to applications that usually require a static IP address. This feature allows users to host web servers, email servers, or ftp servers that would otherwise be impossible to accomplish with a constantly changing IP address.
Using a dynamic DNS service, you can arrange for systems to access your IP address you even though you are using a dynamic IP by keeping your IP up to date as soon as it changes.
The “Record ID” is found on the record creation page for that record.
- Log In
- Click the DNS – Managed DNS menu
- Select a domain and click on the Records tab
- Click on a record and select the pencil icon to edit it
- If DDNS is not enabled, enable it. The Record ID is the Dynamic DNS ID on this page
If your mail server supports the ETRN SMTP command then it will automatically request immediate delivery from the backup mail servers. This can also be done manually by using telnet.
If your mail server does not support the sending of the ETRN SMTP command then the backup email servers run on a set retry schedule every few minutes.
Mail Server Forwarding is used to forward all mail from one mail server to another mail server for a particular domain. The destination mail server (an MTA, mail transfer agent), must have the ability to accept mail for the domain. The email is not delivered to the mail forwarding server, it is just routed through the server. This service is extremely popular for people that want to accept mail on a port other than port 25, for example if their IP is blocking port 25.
Mail forwarding accounts used within IMAP / POP products operate differently as the destination for the email is not another mail server, but actually another email address. The email is delivered to the forwarding system and then it is resent to the destination (forward) email address. This solution is very easy to setup as no configuration of a mail server is required. DNS Made Easy does not offer email account forwarding services.
You can view when your purchased services will expire on the the Account – Renew section of your DNS Made Easy control panel. By default, all DNS Made Easy services are a one year account term. DNS Made Easy clients can renew their services for up to two years at a time. All purchased services expire on the same date.
To cancel all services or products simply delete the configured services and do not renew your account. Make sure you turn off your automatic renewal option. If you would like the account closed permanently, please email email@example.com.
To cancel an individual service or product, please select the “Account” – “Remove Services” menu.
For your convenience DNS Made Easy accepts payments from VISA, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, PayPal, and check.
Automatic renewals of services can only be done using VISA, Mastercard, American Express and Discover. PayPal and check renewals must be done manually.
Due to the extra administrative costs for processing checks there is an extra $35.00 administrative fee for all invoices paid by check under $275.00.
Yes, all clients that participate in the Affiliate Program must be a paying member of DNS Made Easy.