DNS is free; anyone can download a copy of BIND and set up a DNS server.
Today, however, millions of companies pay good money for DNS hosting.
For the average company, the main benefits of hosting your DNS with an outfit like UltraDNS are reliability and speed.
How much does a DNS cost?
|DNS||Public and Private Zones1|
|First 25 hosted DNS zones||$0.50 per zone per month2|
|Additional hosted DNS zones (over 25)||$0.10 per zone per month2|
|First billion DNS queries/month||$0.40 per million3|
|Additional DNS queries (over 1 billion)/month|
Do you need premium DNS?
Short answer: if you have to ask, then you don’t need a premium DNS service. Premium [paid] DNS services usually offer advanced features, such as DNS load balancing, anycast service, advanced reporting capabilities, and often an API for programmatically updating records based on application availability.
Do you have to pay for a domain name?
Simplified answer: You don’t actually buy the domain name, you rent it from your registrar. Without that service a domain name would lead nowhere, they have to point visitors to the right server. They need servers to do that, which you pay for.
Is GoDaddy DNS free?
Premium DNS offers superior security and performance for your domain, while DNS hosting is a free service that allows customers who own domains registered at other companies to manage their zone files through GoDaddy.