Dynadot Review – How to Buy a Dynadot Domain & Setup DNS at Dynadot?

For many years, I have been purchasing my domain names from namesilo. However, recently I discovered another good domain registrar: dynadot.

Dynadot is an ICANN-accredited domain registrar and web hosting provider. It was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in San Mateo County, California, USA. In 2011, they established an international office in Beijing, China, and later created two more international offices in Zhengzhou and Toronto. Currently, Dynadot serves customers from 108 countries worldwide and manages over 4.5 million domain names. From the Dynadot scale alone, it is evident that it has standout features that appeal to customers.

Dynadot vs. Namesilo: Which is Better?

Most of my domain names are hosted on NameSilo because their prices are reasonable and they provide free privacy protection. However, after learning more about Dynadot, I may be inclined to use Dynadot for the following reasons:

  1. Dynadot and NameSilo have similar prices and both offer free privacy protection.
  2. Dynadot supports multiple languages and has faster access speeds compared to NameSilo.
  3. Price Transparency: On Dynadot’s checkout page, you can easily see the renewal price for the second year.
  4. Dynadot has a more modern interface, while NameSilo’s interface appears somewhat outdated.
  5. Many of my friends have been using Dynadot for a long time, and overall, they find the service to be secure and stable.

It appears that Dynadot has more advantages. However, if you are concerned about the smaller scale of Dynadot, it is still recommended to choose NameSilo.

How to Register a Domain at Dynadot?

Go to the Dynadot official website, type the domain name you want to register into the search bar, and then click the search button.

type the domain name you want to register into the search bar, and then click the search button

If the domain name is available according to the search results, click the ‘Add to Cart’ button on the right.

If the domain name is available according to the search results, click the ‘Add to Cart’ button on the right.

After putting the domain name in your cart, click the ‘View Cart‘ button at the top right.

Go to the cart to check out

On the shopping cart page, you’ll see offers for free privacy protection, Website Builder, and Email accounts from Dynadot. Just pick how long you want to register for, then hit the checkout button.

Just pick how long you want to register for, then hit the checkout button.

Create an account on the newly opened page. If you’re not comfortable with English, you can switch to a language you’re familiar with in the bottom left.

New users register on the left. Existing users log in on the right.

After creating the account, you will see a payment method selection interface. Here, you can choose from mainstream payment methods like credit cards, debit cards, or PayPal.

After creating the account, you will see a payment method selection interface.

Once the payment is completed, the purchased domain name will soon appear in your list of domain names.

How to Set Up DNS at Dynadot?

Dynadot’s DNS settings interface looks different from many other domain service providers. At first, it took me a while to understand it. But once I got the hang of it, I found Dynadot’s DNS settings easy to use.

  • First, after entering the Dynadot account backend, select My DomainsManage Domains from the left menu.
  • Click on the domain name for more setting options.
Click on the domain name for more setting options
  • On the right of the DNS Settings, click on the “>” icon to enter the DNS settings interface.
  • After that choose ‘Dynadot DNS’ for adding custom DNS settings
  • Choose the “Record Type” you want to use, then enter the IP Address or Target Host of your web server in the text box.
  • You can also specify subdomain records in the “Subdomain Records(optional)” section the same way you do to the “Domain Record(optional)”.(Such as Email Server or MX Record available for your domain email)
  • Choose Time to Live (TTL) for 5 minutes, then click Save Settings

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