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Moniker DNS down again: an alternative solution!

  September 2, 2013 • Category: Tips

The problem

Many of us have registered domain names at Moniker.com. And while they are both effective and efficient at registering and managing your domain names for a low "bulk" price, their DNS servers have proven to be utterly unreliable with several day long outtages over the last year.

This means your domains are all good and safe but if you use Moniker's own DNS servers (instead of, for example, your web hosting company's name servers), people may experience additional delay in trying to access your site or they may even not get there at all.

One solution would be to use your web hosting's provider's DNS servers. But these tend to not be very reliable either... and to say the least, they are very slow.

The Solution

So we went out to look for a dedicated DNS service provider. There are many but only a handful use AnyCast. AnyCast allows your visitors to use a DNS server closest to them, cutting latency times and getting their DNS queries answered 10 to 100 times faster than with standard UniCast DNS providers.

Out of these, only one has affordable pricing: DNS Made Easy . For less than $30/year can host DNS service for 10 domain at lightning speeds!

Measuring results

Go check out the speed of your current DNS service here at ultratools.com. Look at the max delays! With Moniker DNS servers you may get delays as long as 350 ms, if not flat out dropped requests! You can compare it with b2evolution.net since we use DNS Made Easy ourselves. You should see results as low as 3 ms!


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Comment from: Mike Z [Visitor]
Mike Z
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To respond to Mike’s comment, as a sysadmin, I have had web hosting companies break email because they change the Nameservers without knowing what the entire zone file contains. If you do leave it up to your web hosting company, make sure they know all the records are correct.

04/04/14 @ 20:19
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
5 stars

I am a newbie, and as a newbie I am tempted to step away from things like DNS servers and mostly leave that part to my hosting provider but as stated in the post above, some of them lack the resources or skills to do a good job.

09/27/13 @ 09:58