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DNSimple Maintenance Sunday, September 18th

This Sunday, September 18th, 2011, we will be performing a short maintenance on the DNSimple web site and API server. This maintenance will take approximately 5 to 10 minutes during which the web site and API will be unavailable.

DNS service for existing domains will not be affected during this maintenance.

Thank you for your patience. We will post notifications to the DNSimple Twitter account when (http://twitter.com/dnsimple) when the maintenance occurs.

Whois UI

If you’re unfamiliar with Whois, it is a public database of information about domain holders that is provided by most top-level domains. One way to get information from a whois database is to use a command-line tool such as `whois`. Another way is to use a web site like whois.net or whois.domaintools.com. Now you have another option with DNSimple’s Whois lookup interface. You can go to https://dnsimple.com/whois to get started or you can go straight to a specific domain such as https://dnsimple.com/whois/google.com

Please note that this is a public service that we are providing to make it easy to see the Whois data for domains without using a command-line tool. Please do not use it for automated lookups driven by scripts or other software.

As always, please direct any questions to support@dnsimple.com. Thanks!

Advanced Editor v2 and New APIs

I’m happy to announce that the DNSimple Advanced Editor has gotten a refresh.

The new version makes it easier to manage your domains by providing both a record-type filter as well as a search tool for filtering your domain list.

Additionally the UI has been cleaned up a bit in the process. If you need to switch back to the previous version of the editor you can do so by clicking the link “switch to version 1” link at the bottom of your record list. If you decide to switch back due to any issues with the editor please send an email to support@dnsimple.com and let us know why it isn’t working for you so we can improve it. Eventually we’d like to remove version 1 but first we want to make sure it works as you expect it to.

In addition to the new editor we’ve also released some new APIs. The API now has functionality to change DNS servers to another provider other than DNSimple for domains that you register with us. You may also enable and disable WHOIS Privacy Protection through the API as well. Please note that the first time you enable WHOIS Privacy Protection your account will be charged an $8 fee for 1 year of the service on that domain.

As always please contact support if you have any questions and thank you for being a DNSimple customer.

Statements by Email

Starting with the current billing cycle, all DNSimple customers will now receive a statement with details about charges made through their DNSimple accounts. This will include both monthly recurring charges as well as any charges for domain registration, transfer, Whois Privacy Protection and SSL certificates. We hope this makes managing your monthly reconciliation a little bit easier.

Pricing for More than 500 Domains

If you’ve been looking into using DNSimple for hosting your DNS and you have more than 500 names, we now have you covered. As of today, any Platinum customer will pay only $0.10 per domain for DNS hosting when you exceed 500 domains. The pricing will automatically go into affect for all Platinum customers who exceed the 500 domain limit - there is no need for you to do anything special.

As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us: support@dnsimple.com

API Enhancements and Fixes

I’m happy to announce that we’ve now made SSL certificate purchasing, sharing and vanity name servers enable/disable functionality available via the DNSimple API. I’m still in the process of adding support for these new APIs into the DNSimple Ruby wrapper, but eventually I’ll get them all added in.

In additional I’ve spent some time working on DNSimple’s support for country-code top-level domains and hopefully have fixed some of the issues that people have been seeing with certain less-used ccTLDs. Everyone knows you have to break a few eggs to make an omelet (or something like that) and I may very well has introduced some additional issues during the process so please contact support@dnsimple.com if you see any issues during domain registration.

In other news, I’ll be heading to Baltimore this week for RailsConf 2011. Feel free to find me and say hi and pass along any thoughts or requests for DNSimple. I always look forward to hearing from people about their experience with DNSimple. Oh, and of course I’ll have chocolate.

DNSimple Service Level Agreement

We know how important DNS is to you. Whether you have selected DNSimple because of the easy to use domain management and registration or because of our comprehensive API or because you know that we care deeply about providing an awesome DNS and domain registration service, we want you to be confident that we will also work diligently to keep your DNS service stable and operational so you don’t have to worry about it.

To that end we’ve published the DNSimple Service Level Agreement, applicable to all of our customers starting today. The DNSimple Service Level Agreement provides details about the level of service that we are committed to providing for both our Authoritative Nameserver Infrastructure and the DNSimple API. What’s more, the Service Level Agreement sets forth remedies in case we can’t deliver.

Take a look at the DNSimple Service Level Agreement today and rest assured that we will provide stable top-notch service for your DNS needs.

Vanity Name Servers and Record Notes

We’ve just rolled out two new features for DNSimple that we’d like to share with you.

Vanity Name Servers

The first feature is vanity name servers. Vanity name servers provide a way to have your name servers appear as either under your domain or under another domain that you control rather than the standard ns1.dnsimple.com through ns4.dnsimple.com.

For example, if you owned the domain example.com and enabled vanity name servers your name servers would become ns1.example.com through ns4.example.com. The name servers will use the same IP addresses as our existing name servers but will use your domain.

Alternatively you can use any domain name for the name servers as long as you point them to the IP addresses of our name servers and turn on vanity name servers for your domain.

Enabling vanity name servers is easy. Log into your account, go to the Manage page for the name you want to enable vanity name servers on and follow the Vanity Name Servers link in the Tasks section.

Next either leave the radio button selected for “Use this domain for my vanity name servers” if you want the vanity name servers to share the same name as the domain, or check the “Use other name servers for my vanity name servers” radio button if you want to specify different vanity name servers.

If your domain is registered with DNSimple we’ll automatically insert the appropriate records in the domain registry and the DNSimple system. If not then you’ll need to change the domain’s name servers at your current domain registrar.

Notes

The other feature we’ve rolled out is the ability to add notes to any record. This allows you to keep custom notes about a record, such as where it’s hosted, who manages it, etc. right along side the record in your DNSimple account. You can add as many notes as you need and remove them easily.

We hope that these features are useful to you. We’ll be working on adding API hooks for these features and others in the near future.

As always feedback is appreciated and welcomed. Just email us at support@dnsimple.com and let us know how we’re doing or what you’d like to see different and we’ll do our best to bring it to you.

Jason Seifer has a simple bash script that you can use to discover your current IP address and then use the DNSimple API to update an A record. Awesome!