Most popular DNS hosting providers (pricing comparison) 

There are many DNS providers out there, and it could be really hard to choose the right one for you. Let’s check the most popular DNS hosting providers, check their features and prices. After seeing the comparison table, you will be able to choose a DNS hosting provider with a better understanding. 

Most popular DNS hosting providers

It is hard to which are the most popular, but based on our research, the companies that we saw most often are: 

  • Cloudflare.com 
  • Easydns.com 
  • Cloudns.net 
  • Dnsmadeeasy.com 
  • Dnsimple.com 

Free DNS tier 

Yes, it is possible to get DNS for free. It is a great option if you want to learn how to use it or if your needs are not that much yet. 

DNSimple does not have a free plan, Cloudflare has, and it offers CDN, but there is not enough information about its free service and limited support types of DNS records. 

EasyDNS is just behind ClouDNS, with little fewer features, and DNSmadeeasy wins with a larger number of DNS records and unlimited queries. 

Feature CloudflareEasyDNSClouDNS
DNSmadeeasy 
DNSimple DOES NOT HAVE FREE DNS 
DNS Servers  Not specified34Not specified
Anycast  Not specifiedNoNoNot specified
DNS Zones Not specifiedNot specified1Not specified
DNS Records Not specified20501500
DNS queries per month Not specified250K500KUnlimited
Mail Forwards Not specified10Not specified
DNS Failover Not specifiedNoNo1
CDN YesNoNoNo
DDoS protection YesNoNoNo
Types of DNS recordsNot supporting CNAMEAllAllAll

Suggested article: Free DNS vs Premium DNS

Starter DNS tier

Now, we are looking at beginning paid DNS plans that already can serve the majority of the users. You will get a lot of queries per month, a lot of DNS records. Any advanced features like Anycast DNS or DDoS protection are welcome but not always present. 

Cloudflare is not very open about what they offer. Their service is a lot more expensive, and they are focusing on CDN and DDoS protection.

EasyDNS offers a great economic plan, but they are missing DDoS protection and Reverse DNS, and also the limit of 5M queries per month could be limiting.
 
ClouDNS has a great balanced plan, with DDoS Protection and multiple Anycast locations. If the price is more important for you than the advanced features, there is a 2.95 USD per month plan too.

DNSmadeeasy has many limitations like query per month (10M) and only 300 DNS records, so it is not the ideal option.

DNSimple matches the ClouDNS option but lacks behind on Reverse DNS and DNS Failover. 

FeatureCloudflareEasyDNS (Anycast)ClouDNS (DDoS Protected S) DNSmadeeasy (Business)DNSimple (Personal) 
Price per month  204.58 (55/year with domain registration) or 3.33 (40/year without domain registration) 5.9556
DNS Servers Not specified34Not specifiedNot specified
AnycastNot specified1530 locationsNot specified  Yes
DNS ZonesNot specifiedNot specified75Not specifiedNot specified
DNS RecordsNot specifiedUnlimited3000300 per domain, and up to 7500 Unlimited
DNS queries per month Not specified5MUnlimited10MUnlimited
Mail Forwards Not specified100150Not specified2 USD per 1000 messages/ a month 
DNS Failover Not specified123 Records + 4.95 per A record per year  No
CDN  YesNoPaid in other plans 660 USD per year No
DDoS protection   
  
YesNoYes (4 protected servers) Not specifiedYes
DNSSEC YesYesYesNot specifiedYes
Reverse DNS Not specifiedNot SpecifiedYesNot specifiedNo

Pro DNS tier

This tier will include features for those who outgrowth the Starter tier. You will get higher limits and advanced features. Some companies prefer to offer just Starter and Enterprise DNS, and they miss the middle-sized businesses.

In this tier, we have various prices, and different companies focus on different features like DDoS protection, CDN, or another. 

Cloudflare, EasyDNS, and DNSmadeeasy do not have any additional plans for that target of users. Cloudflare is still attractive with its CDN, but the other two can’t shine here.

ClouDNS has a great option if your priority is DDoS protection and other premium features like Reverse DNS, DNSSEC, and DNS Failover.

DNSimple is a bit cheaper than the ClouDNS and has no limit on the number of DNS records but lacks DNS Failover and vanity servers.

FeatureCloudflareEasyDNS (Anycast)ClouDNS (DDoS Protected L) DNSmadeeasy (Business)DNSimple (Professional) 
Price per month  202.98 (35/year with domain registration) or 1.66 (20/year without domain registration) 39.95530
DNS Servers Not specified34Not specifiedNot specified
AnycastNot specified1530 locationsNot specified  Yes
DNS ZonesNot specifiedNot specified400Not specifiedNot specified
DNS RecordsNot specifiedUnlimited20000300 per domain, and up to 7500 Unlimited
DNS queries per month Not specified1MUnlimited10MUnlimited
Mail Forwards Not specified1001000Not specified2 USD per 10000 messages/ a month 
DNS Failover Not specified033 Records + 4.95 per A record per year  No
CDN  YesNoNo660 USD per year No
DDoS protection   
  
YesNoYes (4 protected servers) Not specifiedYes
DNSSEC YesYesYesNot specifiedYes
Reverse DNS Not specifiedNot SpecifiedYesNot specifiedYes
Vanity name serversNot SpecifiedNot SpecifiedYesNoNo

Enterprise DNS tier

This one is a top-notch service that big e-commerce can use and rely on with fewer worries. You pay a lot more, but you can get really feature-rich plans with DDoS protection, GeoDNS (CDN), unlimited queries, and other advanced features. 

EasyDNS is by far the cheapest in this category but lacks behind with features. Still, it might be interesting choice for many. Cloudflare and DNSimple do not provide much more than their previous plans, but the price is a lot higher. 

ClouDNS has a good price and provides GeoDNS, so it is worth checking out. It still has limits, but they are very high. 

DNSmadeeasy’s plan stays behind with fewer DNS records, fewer queries per month, and extra costs for CDN. 

FeatureCloudflare (Business)EasyDNS (Enterprise DNS)ClouDNS (GeoDNS Business) DNSmadeeasy (Corporate)DNSimple (Business) 
Price per month  20012.7 (152.49/year  79.95125300
DNS Servers Not specified44Not specifiedNot specified
AnycastNot specified1530 locationsNot specified  Yes
DNS ZonesNot specifiedNot specified10Not specifiedNot specified
DNS RecordsNot specifiedUnlimited10000300 per domain, and up to 7500 Unlimited
DNS queries per month Not specified5M1B50MUnlimited
Mail Forwards Not specified10030Not specified2 USD per unlimited messages/ a month 
DNS Failover Not specified3110No
CDN  YesYesYes540.00 per domain / year No
DDoS protection   
  
YesNoYes (4 protected servers) Not specifiedYes
DNSSEC YesYesYesNot specifiedYes
Reverse DNS Not specifiedNot SpecifiedYesNot specifiedNo
Vanity name serversNot specifiedNot specifiedYesNot specifiedYes

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