What a surprise!!! After I logged into DynDNS today, I get a red color box tell me a “Changes to Dynamic DNS Service”. Further reading, they are limiting each FREE account to 2 Dynamic DNS hostnames and limiting the number of domains we offer for the free services. They are so generous coming out a recommendation asking me to upgrade to DynDNS Pro to protect the current hostnames from possible deletion.
Here you go. The reason behind these changes (from DynDNS): –
- Having 88 free domains to choose from was overwhelming for many of our new users. By reducing this to 18 it makes it easier for people to get started.
- By limiting the free options to the DynDNS branded domains, it helps grow the awareness of our services. Although we are happy to offer our free services, we simply ask that you help spread the word to other people who might find our paid services helpful. We have to pay those bills somehow.
- Looking at the stats of our users over the past 12 years, we see that the vast majority of people only use 1 free hostname. Our support team has seen a lot of confusion caused by the five free hostnames, so when you combine that with the normal use case, it just made sense. we are allowing the 2nd hostname for those of you who need to create a WebHop to access your hostname. If you are going to need more than 1 or 2 hostnames there’s a good chance you are using us for something important. If that’s the case, we simply ask that you pay $15/yr for the DynDNS Pro upgrade, which provides a number of other benefits.
- If you are using our services for business critical needs, you should consider our Custom DNS service.
I guess it is time to hunt for other FREE Dynamic DNS provider. I am looking into No-IP.com and Afraid.org service. Please share with me their service if you are using it. Thank you.