Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Networking
User Name
Linux - Networking This forum is for any issue related to networks or networking.
Routing, network cards, OSI, etc. Anything is fair game.


  Search this Thread
Old 04-12-2018, 11:46 PM   #1
Senior Member
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Western Australia
Distribution: Debian 9.2
Posts: 1,098

Rep: Reputation: 48
DNS records hard to change at registrar

I have 2 domain names I purchased from "networksolutions" many years ago and transfered to "crazydomains" when I found that the unused (by me) sites were used for advertising by networksolutions, I have now 2 hosted "linodes" and I wanted to make the DNS records of those domain names point to Linode. However, it seems that "crazydomains" makes it hard (possibly impossible) to have DNS records pointing to something outside.
Knowing nothing about DNS records and having to follow instructions to set them up, I thought I'd get a bit of advise before pushing any further on the subject since, from what I read, obstructing that sort of move is not uncommon although it seems to relate to domain names sold and held by the same registrar rather than purchased from another, as in my case.
If I understood correctly, one Internet source suggests to host my own DNS to solve the problem which, if possible at all, could be a temporary solution although I always thought, possibly erroneously, that there could only be one source of DNS records on the Internet for the same domain name.

What I need is:

1) A bit of clarification regarding what looks obscure to me.
2) Possibly a tip on how to effectively transfer my 2 domain names from "crazydomains" (I have nothing else with them) to a registrar from which I can easily adapt the DNS
3) Perhaps a few names of registrars that have a good professional reputation (I am not against returning to "networksolutions" if necessary)

Thank you for your help.
Old 04-13-2018, 03:48 AM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Aug 2011
Location: Dublin
Distribution: Centos 5 / 6 / 7
Posts: 2,718

Rep: Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037Reputation: 1037
I know I'll probably get shot down in flames but I've used GoDaddy for many years, both as a direct customer and as a reseller. I've found on the few occasions I've had to contact them for support they've been pretty good.

They have a fairly easy to use DNS product that lets you do just about anything you need to do to your zone files with a web interface.

Self hosting DNS is possible but the reality is that it's a pain in the butt as you need to sort out things like glue records and maintain your own DNS servers. Not really complicated but another thing that can go wrong and you can end up in a mess.
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 04-15-2018, 03:49 PM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Feb 2013
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Distribution: CentOS 7.5
Posts: 1,418

Rep: Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481Reputation: 481
You should be able to specify any name server you want at any registrar. The registration record should allow you to specify which name servers you want to use. The registrar's own name servers are probably included in the registration, you may have to pay for name service otherwise.

I agree with TenTenths about the challenges of running your own name server. Besides what he mentioned, the name server RFCs require at least two (three is better) name servers, each in different subnets.

The easiest (for me) way to avoid having a "parked" domain present ads is to create a construction page on your web server and point at that.

Alternatively, don't specify a name server for a domain, and it won't/can't resolve to ads. You should have complete control of that at any registrar you use.

Last edited by scasey; 04-15-2018 at 03:55 PM.
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 04-15-2018, 05:13 PM   #4
LQ Veteran
Registered: Jan 2011
Location: Yawnstown, Ohio
Distribution: High Sierra
Posts: 9,108
Blog Entries: 37

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Originally Posted by TenTenths View Post
I've used GoDaddy for many years
/me too. It rocks and is stable.
2 possible choices,
Let The Registrar "manage" (more like assign defaults, but they work) or...
<cue_bad_guy_music>, host your own.
Erm, no.

Without a domain.tld I can't help much
If they use defaults, you will still have the chance to set the A Record for any entry in your GD > DNS portion of the dashboard

GD Support - Toll Free

Visual Resources from a reputable "brand" (dns made easy)

DNS Made Easy Tutorials

If you...
when you get frustrated, just remember the A Record is they key to any dns entry.
Think of it like a telephone number.
That "number" (A Record or telephone number) can only call the place assigned, its IP Address or A Record

Good Night and Good Luck.
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 04-16-2018, 08:48 AM   #5
Senior Member
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Western Australia
Distribution: Debian 9.2
Posts: 1,098

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 48
when you get frustrated, just remember the A Record is they key to any dns entry.
Very good advice, I will remember that - thank you.

Incidentally, I tried to transfer to dnsmadeeasy, got an email to activate my new account and on clicking the link, got an apology within seconds (from them as far as I could tell unless it was from the ISP) saying something had gone wrong but "OUR TECHNICAL TEAM IS ALREADY WORKING ON THE PROBLEM" (wow!) then nothing else happened, that was 3 days ago, hope the technical team did not die of exhaustion on the job. Having no news from dnsmadeeasy anyway (expired or unanswered link if the "problem" was not theirs), I decided to give that a miss.

Now trying to transfer to "godaddy".
Old 04-18-2018, 12:57 AM   #6
Senior Member
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Western Australia
Distribution: Debian 9.2
Posts: 1,098

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 48
GoDaddy has abandon "tickets" and removed their email address leaving only their phone for communications so I have come to the conclusion I am probably better staying with crazydomains.
"chat" is reported as been unavailable permanently.

Last edited by rblampain; 04-18-2018 at 12:59 AM.
Old 04-18-2018, 11:01 AM   #7
LQ Guru
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Bonaire, Leeuwarden
Distribution: Debian /Jessie/Stretch/Sid, Linux Mint DE
Posts: 5,161

Rep: Reputation: 992Reputation: 992Reputation: 992Reputation: 992Reputation: 992Reputation: 992Reputation: 992Reputation: 992
I am very happy with TransIP. Their support is great. If you have to register .com and .net domains it should work for you. They do not offer .au domains., not

1 members found this post helpful.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Looking for bash script which can change the DNS records for down hosts manya Linux - Server 3 12-10-2012 06:31 AM
[SOLVED] move domain from registrar's dns to my dns Haythem Linux - Server 4 10-31-2012 03:48 AM
DNS NS's in registrar vs DNS NS records sopiaz57 Linux - Networking 7 06-06-2009 06:20 PM
DNS server and registrar issue jordib Linux - Server 9 06-11-2008 08:22 AM
DNS Setting for the Registrar Ivanfernandes Linux - Networking 3 01-21-2004 09:22 AM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Networking

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:43 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration