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DynDNS.com Acquires EveryDNS

kdawson posted more than 4 years ago | from the keep-it-free dept.

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funfail writes in with the news that, five days ago, EveryDNS was sold to DynDNS.com. From the announcement and e-mail from EveryDNS's founder, David Ulevitch: "Since starting EveryDNS in June of 2001 while a freshman in college, my goal has always been to provide simple, reliable and secure DNS services to the Internet community. I'm proud to say that we've lived up to that mission and delivered robust DNS services to over 400,000 domains. Nearly 9 years later, it's now time to put the service in more capable hands and I'm happy to announce that I've found a great home for EveryDNS. I have sold the EveryDNS service to Dyn Inc., the operators of the immensely popular DynDNS.com service." EveryDNS has been one of the most popular free (or one-time donation) DNS suppliers. From the FAQ at the link above: "Will the service remain free? While we don't 100% have the answer to that yet, we will not be making any changes to the service you are currently receiving for the foreseeable future. We will be discontinuing signups in the near future but existing accounts will remain active and fully functional."

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As a current free DynDNS user... (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741634)

How much of a difference was there between the service offered by EveryDNS and what’s in the free package from DynDNS?

Re:As a current free DynDNS user... (4, Informative)

athakur999 (44340) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741702)

EveryDNS is more like the "custom DNS" feature in DynDNS which uses their servers to provide nameservers for your own domain. DynDNS's custom DNS service is $30/year if you aren't hosting with them, while EveryDNS is/was free.

Re:As a current free DynDNS user... (1)

The-Pheon (65392) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742262)

EveryDNS is more like the "custom DNS" feature in DynDNS which uses their servers to provide nameservers for your own domain. DynDNS's custom DNS service is $30/year if you aren't hosting with them, while EveryDNS is/was free.

ThatIP [thatip.com] only charges $10/year for the same "custom DNS", and now started doing dedicated ipv6 nameservers too!

Re:As a current free DynDNS user... (1)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742530)

And ZoneEdit [zoneedit.com] is free for the first five domains. AFAIK, they're not doing IPv6 yet, though.

      --- Mr. DOS

Re:As a current free DynDNS user... (1)

Curunir_wolf (588405) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742662)

Thanks P and GP. I've been relying on EveryDNS for about 5 years now. They have a great service and I've happily donated to keep it running. My little home server doesn't do much, but it wouldn't do anything useful without this service. It's something I never have to think about because a little script on the server detects whenever my ISP decides to change my IP address, and updates the EveryDNS host automatically.

Good to know there are alternatives when/if DynDNS starts trying to gouge me. I hope they are as useful and easy to work with.

Re:As a current free DynDNS user... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30745380)

if you register with joker.com they give you DynDNS services free.

Re:As a current free DynDNS user... (3, Insightful)

raju1kabir (251972) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742984)

I've found ZoneEdit to be frustratingly quirky. Getting new domains working is a PITA and always takes an extraordinary amount of time. The interface is clunky and weird. The name servers seem to work, but EveryDNS was such a pleasure to use by contrast that I'd long ago moved everything off ZoneEdit.

Re:As a current free DynDNS user... (1)

Mr. DOS (1276020) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743086)

The interface is horrendous, and very occasionally won't even load (you'll auth then sitting there waiting for it to pull up the domai- sorry, zone list), but I find that it's quit reliable once everything's set up alright.

It's gotten better recently, too - I set up a new domain last night, and it took maybe five minutes, most of which was me humming and hawing about how I wanted it.

      --- Mr. DOS

Re:As a current free DynDNS user... (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745396)

Quite a lot. I went to EveryDNS after DynDNS began charging for everything I wanted to do.

Easy answer (2, Informative)

flibuste (523578) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741636)

"Will the service remain free? "

As a former DynDNS user, I can assure everyone that the answer will be NO in the not-so-distant future. They've already done it. DynDNS has stopped offering services for free and became overly expensive...suddenly...overnight...or so.

This is actually not good news. Something that used to be nice (aka "cool") and free (aka "beer") is now sold to people who stopped caring about services to go for....oh...PROFIT...I forgot that...

Re:Easy answer (3, Funny)

radtea (464814) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741716)

we will not be making any changes to the service you are currently receiving for the foreseeable future.

Yeah, and I bet they are telling the soon-to-be-former employees of EveryDNS that they don't have any staffing changes planned "for the forseeable future" either, the "forseeable future" for the average PHB being about 4 seconds.

Re:Easy answer (1)

egon (29680) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742074)

I'm pretty sure that the "staffing" of EasyDNS was pretty close to just 1 person ... the owner.

Re:Easy answer (1)

Minwee (522556) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742178)

And he refers to himself as "we".

Re:Easy answer (1)

PitaBred (632671) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742876)

We don't refer to ourselves like that in polite company

Well, that matters little (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743298)

I don't know anything about EveryDNS (had never heard of it before) and have no idea about their employees. However, many one-person "organizations" (whether a company, a small department of such, admin of a website...) refer to themselves as "we". If you say "I think something", you give the impression of one person who can well be wrong, an asshole, etc... Calling yourself "I" in any announcement that some people won't like is just asking for trouble. At the very least you might get the reputation of an asshole.

However, plural or at least third person... You are taking the responsibility off your shoulders. Not "I, John Smith, have decided to block you from facebook". People will just think "John, you are an asshole. Stop that." but if you say "The IT department has..." you are taking the responsibility off your back. It is the faceless organization now that has come up with the policy. In addition, it's all-knowing organization with all the expertise, etc...

Amazingly, this works very well. I've worked a lot of times in jobs with a lot of customer interaction and this is pretty much mandatory there if you don't want to get flamed constantly.

Re:Easy answer (1)

dubner (48575) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743418)

That's the royal we [wikipedia.org] .

DynDNS honours their own one time donatations (5, Interesting)

Rix (54095) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741748)

Even though (I think) they no longer take them. I gave them $10 some time in the early naughties, and they still provide what they said they would then. It's hard to complain about that.

Re:DynDNS honours their own one time donatations (1)

suggsjc (726146) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742160)

Exactly. I've been a supporting user for several years as well. I have not once had any issues with their service. I did have a question once, so I sent an email and was answered within minutes.

Anyway, I hope that DynDNS will continue to honor the "donate once for lifetime service" at least for those existing users covered under that plan. But even if they don't, so long as they keep the same level of service, then I would not mind paying (within reason).

Re:DynDNS honours their own one time donatations (5, Insightful)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742580)

Those who have lifetime service on DynDNS will not lose it. We take providing that service very seriously, since some of our biggest fans are our longtime customers.

Chris Gonyea
DynDNS Support

Re:DynDNS honours their own one time donatations (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743026)

Chris, guys like you are disgusting little piles of dog shit. May you soon be outsourced to India.

Re:DynDNS honours their own one time donatations (1)

nextekcarl (1402899) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743276)

I'm pretty sure the poster meant the lifetime donation on EveryDNS. Will DynDNS honor that?

Re:DynDNS honours their own one time donatations (2, Informative)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743368)

Our CEO Jeremy Hitchcock wrote a welcome letter to EveryDNS customers here http://dyn.com/dd-welcome-everydns [dyn.com] that explains a little bit more about our plans for EveryDNS.

I honestly do not have an answer for your specific question, but as of right now there will be no changes to the EveryDNS service in the short term as our welcome letter states.

Re:DynDNS honours their own one time donatations (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745464)

How about those who donated to EveryDNS?

Re:DynDNS honours their own one time donatations (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745456)

No they don't take them, they now DEMAND them.

Re:Easy answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30741804)

WTF are you talking about. My free domain name through dyndns still resolves fine and they still offer free DNS on their front page [dyndns.com] . Put the crack pipe down.

Re:Easy answer (3, Informative)

Idbar (1034346) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741816)

I've had a DynDNS account for more than 5 years now and they haven't charge me for their dynamic dns service yet. Where did you learn that, and how did you arrive to that conclusion?

Re:Easy answer (1)

keithjr (1091829) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741918)

4 years here, same experience. Works perfectly for my own needs, and if really wanted the pay service, I'd definitely drop the cash for it. I've been that satisfied with their service. I'm not sure what the GP is talking about.

Re:Easy answer (2, Interesting)

Gordonjcp (186804) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744284)

if really wanted the pay service, I'd definitely drop the cash for it

I'd *love* to drop the cash for DynDNS's paid service, but I can't because - like many USian companies - they insist on taking only credit cards. Outside the US, *everyone* has a debit card so comparatively few people bother with credit cards. If you want to do business outside the US, not taking debit cards is economic suicide.

Re:Easy answer (2, Interesting)

Mad Merlin (837387) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742460)

Same here, except starting 2-3 years ago they started emailing me once a month saying I have 5 days to confirm that the account is still active or they'll drop the DNS entry. Annoying, but not annoying enough to switch away or fork over some cash.

It might be different if you use an updater client thingie, but my IP never changes so I don't bother.

Re:Easy answer (3, Informative)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742594)

If you have an update client that sends us at least one IP address update every 30 days, that will also prevent the account from expiring. Otherwise, it will require a login every 30 days onto our web site.

Chris Gonyea
DynDNS Support http://www.dyndns.com/support/ [dyndns.com]

Re:Easy answer (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743806)

Never had a problem... Guess my IP changes more than ever 30 days.... (OpenBSD client, works great) If I could get more lifetime subscriptions I'd be willing to pay 100€ for them a pop. Got two domains on lifetime, and never regretted it.

Re:Easy answer (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743852)

To clarify, I have a grandfathered "Custom" account :-) Perhaps those don't get the 30 day restriction.

Re:Easy answer (1)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744228)

Grandfathered Custom DNS services do not have the 30-day expiration, since they are considered a paid account.

Re:Easy answer (1)

Corporate Troll (537873) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744548)

As said.... never had a problem... Would pay again :-)

Re:Easy answer (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745494)

This was another reason I moved to EveryDNS.

Re:Easy answer (1)

Penguin Follower (576525) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742684)

I use the DynDNS update client to avoid such messages. It updates everything for me. I use the Mac client and they even have a dashboard widget to go with it. :)

Re:Easy answer (1)

Kjella (173770) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743278)

It might be different if you use an updater client thingie, but my IP never changes so I don't bother.

On linux at least:
sudo apt-get install ddclient
Answer a few simple questions of provider, username, password and domain

That's it. Your computer will now update itself wherever you go, if you change provider, if you bring the pc anywhere else... it's brillient.

Re:Easy answer (2, Insightful)

Dahamma (304068) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741834)

I have had a great experience as a dyndns user. I paid $30 for each of 2 customdns domains when they were still flat rate, and now I am grandfathered into them forever... can't beat that :)

Re:Easy answer (3, Insightful)

plague3106 (71849) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741914)

DDNS is still available for free, and you can sign up. I don't recall them ever offering anything else for free.

Why you feel they should offer a free service is beyond me; its not like offering the service is free for them, and I suspect the easydns guy sold to make back the money he's invested (and them some).

There's nothing wrong with profit.

Re:Easy answer (1)

AmberBlackCat (829689) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744862)

Then they should have done that in the first place. The problem is not (trying to sell something). The problem is (taking something that was free, and putting a price on it). It's bait-and-switch.

Re:Easy answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30742154)

Don't be an asshole.

Re:Easy answer (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745528)

Easier said than done I'm afraid for most people...

Re:Easy answer (2, Insightful)

TooMuchToDo (882796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742158)

Yea, god forbid someone actually needs to bring in some cash to pay for the hardware, colo costs, etc. to provide that service. Since when is being financially sound selling out to the man?

Re:Easy answer (5, Informative)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742198)

I work for DynDNS. Our basic Dynamic DNS service has always been free when using one of our hostnames (such as example.dyndns.org). DynDNS has never stopped offering our free Dynamic DNS service and will not stop offering it.

I recommend reading our CEO's welcome letter for information on our plans for EveryDNS. http://dyn.com/dd-welcome-everydns [dyn.com]

Thanks... (1)

Civil_Disobedient (261825) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743106)

I just wanted to say thanks for responding. Most companies seem to have a preternatural fear of opening up a dialogue with the unwashed masses, even when it's clearly in their own best interests. Glad to see DynDNS bucking the trend.

/satisfied DynDNS customer

Re:Thanks... (2, Interesting)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743394)

You're welcome. We take pride in being very transparent with our customers. You can see that on our company site (dyn.com) and on our twitter pages (http://twitter.com/dyninc and http://twitter.com/dyndns [twitter.com] ).

Re:Thanks... (1)

XanC (644172) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745018)

That's certainly true.

Quite some time ago I was looking over your IPv6 transition plan, which you had posted in great detail. I pointed out that I needed to be able to add IPv6 glue records, which was a step left out of the plan. I very quickly got back something like "oh yeah, thanks" and not long after, the feature was there. /another satisfied DynDNS customer.

Re:Easy answer (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745562)

I don't actually use the dynamic DNS services. I did way back when it mattered, doesn't as much today. I do use the custom DNS services for which I donated once and had unlimited use on EveryDNS, I've let the services on DynDNS expire because I couldn't afford to keep them up. I've used both for years but always went to EveryDNS because it was just easier to understand how to do what I wanted to do and lately cheaper too.

Re:Easy answer (1)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742574)

I've been a long time free dyndns user and I've upgraded to the paid version this year. It's not that much, imo and there free service was virtually flawless as far as I was concerned. Maybe I'm just lucky but I like them.

Re:Easy answer (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30742822)

The guy did it for over 8 years, how long is he supposed to freeride you? It's nice to see he got something for all that time, hope he enjoys it.

Re:Easy answer (1)

cymen (8178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744244)

I'm with you... It is hard to get too negative considering it's free however I switched from DynDNS to EveryDNS a couple months ago because staying at DynDNS was going to cost money. Maybe Google DNS will start offering free hosting of zones.

Re:Easy answer (1)

cymen (8178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744364)

Actually, I was with EditDNS not DynDNS and EditDNS switched to a paid-only model. I do have an account at DynDNS but I was just using the dynamic features. Apologies to DynDNS. The $5/month fee at EditDNS was too steep for a non-critical playground.

Re:Easy answer (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30745840)

"Overly Expensive"? $30 a year for a service that I've never seen go down and provides 5+ dns servers in various different countries so its always available is pretty cheap if you ask me.

I can't even find a comparable DNS solution - all the hosting providers i've seen give you two DNS servers, both in a single datacenter, so when their links go down - so does your site.

DynDNS has the DNS servers dotted all over the globe so even if an entire country goes offline your DNS will still be up.

All YourDNS... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30741768)

... are belong to us?

nerd fail (5, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741782)

I used to smugly think I caught people being redundant saying DNS server. Comic book guy voice: "Do you say Persional Information Number Number? Do you say Automatic Teller Machine Machine? Fools." And then I found out that DNS is Domain Name System or Domain Name Service, never Domain Name Server. Domain Name Service Server is perfectly acceptable usage. Haven't felt so n00b since I called Wine an emulator.

Re:nerd fail (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741894)

Domain Name Service Server is perfectly acceptable usage

Not sure about that. A server is something that serves. A service is something served. In other words, what does Domain Name Server leave out that Domain Name Service Server doesn't? It's sort of like saying that a waiter in a restaurant will now wait on you. Well, by definition someone who waits on me is a waiter.

Re:nerd fail (1)

HoboCop (987492) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742060)

The server is generally more specific than the service. It can have a version, a location, etc. The service would be analogous to a wait staff, while the server would be a specific waiter/waitress.

A critical analysis of your analogy (1)

jonaskoelker (922170) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742332)

It's sort of like saying that a waiter in a restaurant will now wait on you. Well, by definition someone who waits on me is a waiter.

Someone who waits on people is a waiter. You're being told that one of those waiters will service you (rather than other people).

</pedantic>

Re:nerd fail (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742456)

But "Domain Name System Server" has exactly zero redundancy.

nerd fail nerd fail (and that's not redundant) (2, Funny)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742960)

"Not sure about that. A server is something that serves. A service is something served."

Right, which is why it would be wrong to talk about the IRS as having a server, and why when the IRS invades your business and takes all your servers, they tell you that it was a pleasure servicing you ...

"It's sort of like saying that a waiter in a restaurant will now wait on you."

You really haven't thought your effort to be pedantic through very well at all, have you. I suppose the hostess could say "The waiter will now do that thing he does" but that would be problematic if for example you just saw a certain movie produced by Tom Hanks and consequently expected him to break out in song, or if for example you were about to order a white drink of creamy consistency, since you might be afraid that he might do that thing he does in your drink. So as you can see it makes perfect sense to be specific about what the waiter is about to do.

Of course, these days you usually can't find a waiter, since they usually refer to themselves as servers now! Maybe the next time your out to dinner you should request your server to resolve a Domain Name to an IP address. I expect that you'll be the "waiter" for an infinite period in that scenario, though ;-)

Re:nerd fail nerd fail (and that's not redundant) (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743348)

"Someone will wait on you shortly." or even just "You will be waited on shortly."

Re:nerd fail nerd fail (and that's not redundant) (1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743538)

From your first post:

"It's sort of like saying that a waiter in a restaurant will now wait on you."

And now ...

"Someone will wait on you shortly."

How do I know it will be the server who waits on me, and why did we move from the present to future tense? (Also, your entire original post was absurd, thus I made mine almost equally absurd, so trying to take it seriously and have a serious discussion based upon my post is phenomenally absurd)

Re:nerd fail (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30741912)

Bah, that's their own fault on Wine. I mean, the "e" stands for emulator. So what if "i" and "n" stand for "is not an"

Re:nerd fail (0)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742384)

The WINE name is designed to look JUST like it's supposed to stand for "WINdows Emulator". Besides, emulate means to imitate in order to match or exceed. Since WINE works by providing the same API calls that work in the same way as in Windows, I'd still call it an emulator, even if that's improper usage of the word ;)

Re:nerd fail (0)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742476)

it's supposed to stand for "WINdows Emulator"

Whooosh!! [winehq.org]

Re:nerd fail (1)

Ash-Fox (726320) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742492)

The WINE name is designed to look JUST like it's supposed to stand for "WINdows Emulator".

WINE - Wine Is Not an Emulator

Re:nerd fail (1)

agrif (960591) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743470)

Wine talks big about not being an emulator, but really?

What is an emulator if not a system of code to impersonate parts of a machine (or bit of software) that is not present? Wine is software to impersonate bits of Windows, so that Windows software can run in a different system.

Wine is totally an emulator.

Re:nerd fail (1)

sbeckstead (555647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745652)

Wine is a mocker, strong drink a rage!

Re:nerd fail (1)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 4 years ago | (#30744350)

Domain name service server? Anyway I've been with DynDNS for years. One of my domains is paid up for 10 years though I still use their dynamic service for simple stuff.

I don't know much about EasyDNS... (1)

MrCrassic (994046) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741836)

...but all I know, based on my experience with them for several years, is that they've found a good home.

That's sad (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30741928)

I've been using EveryDNS for a long long time. Since it started I suppose. I've given them donations year after year in hopes of avoiding this situation.

I was mostly too lazy to roll my own DNS but I guess I should start getting up to speed with the latest security fixes to bind9 or see if there's some other suitable replacement DNS server.

blah @ DynDNS (4, Interesting)

TypoNAM (695420) | more than 4 years ago | (#30741932)

I originally started using DynDNS.org back over a decade ago when it started out as a service running off of a dedicated dial-up modem with a static IP address. Over the years I had just a few .dyndns.org addresses which were basically setup as static. About two years ago I decided to log in after ages of not touching it to change IPs on one of the addresses cause my ISP was making everybody on a specific subnet switch over to another. Well little did I know that free users must log in every three weeks or so, else the account will be dropped. By logging in I triggered their timeout service to begin.

I was checking my email one morning and found a notice that I should log into DynDNS else my account will be dropped within 4 hours. That email was sent three days ago by the time I read it. So, after having an account after so many years it just gets dropped like that without any warning what so ever except an email to alert me that I have a four hours notice. Since then I have avoided DynDNS and recommended others to go else where when asked about it since I thought that was just absolutely wrong.

Re:blah @ DynDNS (2, Insightful)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742272)

Question: Did you read the terms when you started using it?

Re:blah @ DynDNS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30742554)

As he stated, those weren't the terms when he started using it. I had the same situation a number of years back, and when I got the notice, I found my account was dropped by the time I attempted to log in -- so I switched to NoIP and haven't looked back. NoIP just requires you to refresh your IP regularly, which can be done with a daemon -- otherwise the *domain* gets dropped, but you keep your account. They also mail out notices of changes to their SLAs in advance of the change, which is better than the situation *was* at DynDNS. From what I hear, DynDNS has cleaned up most of these issues now, but having had such a good experience with another provider, I have no incentive to try them out again.

Re:blah @ DynDNS (2, Insightful)

thetoadwarrior (1268702) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742598)

No one does that. It's easier to bitch after the fact.

Re:blah @ DynDNS (0, Flamebait)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742298)

Really? I haven't logged into mine for a year, and it's still up and running. And before that, I hadn't logged into it in like 5 years. Good old is-a-geek.net, I've had mine since first year undergrad, so I could ssh to my home boxes without having to memorize a new IP address every time a power outage changed my cable modem's IP. Since that only happened rarely, I didn't log in anywhere near once a month, not even close. It's still active, and yeah, I logged in like last year, and haven't logged in in quite a while since, and it's still working.

I do seem to recall that I originally had signed up as a "dynamic" IP, and they discontinued my domain since it hadn't changed in a month or so, maybe that's what happened to you? Either way, you can change a "static" IP address from them at will, and the change propagates pretty fast still, so while I"m not sure why they have that dumb policy, there's also no reason to really use a dynamic IP, as a free user anyways.

Re:blah @ DynDNS (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742404)

I do seem to recall that I originally had signed up as a "dynamic" IP, and they discontinued my domain since it hadn't changed in a month or so, maybe that's what happened to you?

I use DynDNS with DHCP addresses, but they are practically static. Nevertheless, there is no problem, as long as the update script (ddclient) is running periodically. When a host record hasn't been updated in 30 days or so, there is a warning email, and after some time that hostname is dropped. Thus occasionally I have had to re-register a hostname, but that is not a huge problem.

Re:blah @ DynDNS (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742438)

I’m pretty sure they collapsed both of those into one option, with the difference being the TTL that you choose (60 seconds or 4 hours).

Re:blah @ DynDNS (1)

ranulf (182665) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742318)

I can't remember when I last logged in, but it was certainly at least a year ago. I just logged in now and everything's just as I left it...

Re:blah @ DynDNS (2, Insightful)

johncandale (1430587) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742464)

About two years ago I decided to log in after ages of not touching it ... little did I know that free users must log in every three weeks or so, else the account will be dropped. By logging in I triggered their timeout service to begin.

I was checking my email one morning and found a notice that I should log into DynDNS else my account will be dropped

'BAAWWWWWW, my free service should be perfect in everyway in perpetuate.' Sounds like to me if it was important to you you would have been paying a little more attention to it in the first place. I bet you also think you should be able to use any web site for free without ads, and should be able to download free movies and TV and music. It's normal to drop inactive accounts, with a free service 90% users sign up, use it for 3 months then never touch it again. Don't be so entitled.

Re:blah @ DynDNS (1)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742550)

... and to bump you from a +4 interesting to a +5 informative, could you please tell the crowd who it is that you _do_ recommend?

Re:blah @ DynDNS (4, Informative)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742646)

I work for DynDNS Support, so I can clarify what happened here. Our free accounts (ie: no paying services) will expire every 30 days unless you either 1) login to your DynDNS.com account on our site or 2) send an IP address update for one of your hostnames using an update client. Each login or IP address update thus resets the 30 day expiration date on the account. We send out a warning 5 days before the expiration date of the account, giving you time to login to the account to save it. If you do not do that, the account and hostname will be deleted but you can simply sign up again if you lost the account by accident.

For most customers, #2 above will keep their free account active since most ISP's do change their customer's IP addresses often.

Re:blah @ DynDNS (4, Informative)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742776)

It’s worth mentioning that some update clients will automatically force an update in time to avoid the account expiration even if your IP hasn’t changed in that time.

I like 'em. (4, Informative)

hideouspenguinboy (1342659) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742102)

I've paid for DynDNS service for the last few years - I fell I've received good service at a fair price. I'm happy to see them expanding their business, and I hope they profit enough to continue making me happy.

DynDNS is very reliable (1)

ub3r n3u7r4l1st (1388939) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742142)

counting it, I have two domains with custom DNS and one of the domain with a "spring VPS" service attach to it. The custom DNS is very easy to configure, I just have to set the MX to Google and that's it for mail.

Re:DynDNS is very reliable (2, Interesting)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742236)

Thanks for the nice comments! I work for DynDNS and we take great pride in our reliability.

- Chris Gonyea
DynDNS Support

existing accounts (1)

syrinx (106469) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742188)

"We will be discontinuing signups in the near future but existing accounts will remain active and fully functional"

This is the same thing they did with their own service -- at one point they offered their "Custom DNS" service for a one-time fee. You can't get that anymore, but if you paid the one-time fee at the time, they've never taken it away from you. I'm sure they will keep the same thing for former EveryDNS customers.

Unanswered question... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30742226)

What did DynDNS pay for the company? The article doesn't mention the price.

Bugger (1)

Bobby Onions (735795) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742234)

I've actually got a paid-for DynDNS ("custom dns") account AND a paid-for EveryDNS account.

I thought I was being smart by spreading my domains across more than one supplier!

Possible Replacement (4, Informative)

dlgeek (1065796) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742458)

Since there were several people asking about possible replacements for hosting a DNS zone for free, I thought I'd give a shoutout to zoneedit.com [zoneedit.com] . They do managed DNS, but your first 5 zones are free. I know the website looks like a relic from the 90s, but I've been using them for years and years (hosting 2 domains) and have never had a single issue.

Oblig Disclosure: No relation to the company other than being a satisfied user.

Re:Possible Replacement (1)

rdforsyth (1039844) | more than 4 years ago | (#30742966)

I've been using zone edit for about 8 years, and I've never had any issue with them. In fact, I had forgotten my password, and the original email I was using with them was an email I stopped using years ago, but I was still able to get my account information easily. I've never once been hassled by them about anything, and other than the fact that you do need some knowledge of what an IP is, and what to do with DNS server information, there's really nothing better. Same disclosure, just a happy customer.

Re:Possible Replacement (1)

trampel (464001) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743142)

I second the recommendation for zoneedit. I found them a few years back when Yahoo small business had a "$5 for 5 years" name registration offer and I needed cheap DNS service.

Re:Possible Replacement (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743170)

I'll vouch for ZoneEdit also (as much as an AC can, that is). I've been using their free service for years, maybe even a decade, and never had a problem.

EveryDNS has left the building... (2, Insightful)

InakaBoyJoe (687694) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743216)

Have you tried to contact EveryDNS lately? No one is there.

Well, I donated to EveryDNS at year-end, but my account wasn't updated to "donator" status. Repeated attempts to contact them over the last 3 weeks have gone completely unanswered.

The conclusion? DynDNS bought EveryDNS, sent everybody home, and we're just a server failure away from having to scramble to find another DNS. Maybe some of us will sign up for DynDNS's paid service? Wouldn't that be nice for the new owners...

Re:EveryDNS has left the building... (1)

chrisgeleven (514645) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743586)

I work for DynDNS Support. If you have a DynDNS account (which you can create for free) you can e-mail support AT dyndns.com with your questions and we can look into it. Put attention Chris in the e-mail so I can see it and grab the ticket.

I haven't been briefed on providing support for EveryDNS customers yet, but I can check and see if I can get some answers for you. It is my understanding that EveryDNS support wasn't very prompt in their responses to begin with, so that maybe why you haven't heard back yet. In either case, I will do my best to help you out.

Irritate (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30743294)

How the hell did this happen? He better be set for life. Selling out like that makes me want to .... better keep my mouth shut on that one. If I had known he was that desperate or ready to sell out I'd have donated money. My zero dollars would of turned into $100 real quick. I understand that people have to eat and if only there weren't so many good causes to donate to I'd of donated by now. I wonder if it isn't too late for him to back out of the deal. I'm sure it is too late. This sucks.

EditDns is Gone too (1)

BountyX (1227176) | more than 4 years ago | (#30743990)

EditDns terminated their free service a couple of days ago as well...

The question on everyone's mind (2, Interesting)

initialE (758110) | more than 4 years ago | (#30745284)

What's in it for Dyndns? Why buy over a competitor fielding free services? And what can we expect in the medium to long term?

Re:The question on everyone's mind (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30745318)

What's in it for Dyndns? Why buy over a competitor fielding free services?

Easy

1. Buy popular free service
2. Slowly phase out free service for 'special offers' on your pay service
3. Bank on the fact that most of the new users would rather pony up the fee than take the trouble to take their business elsewhere
4. Profit

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