If you want your own domain name, you need to register it with a DNS provider. You’ve got a lot of options, but I’ll same you a ton of time and headaches – use DNSimple. I’ve been a DNSimple customer since 2010, and I love them. Every single domain I own is purchased through and has DNS service provided by DNSimple.
What makes DNSimple so great? Part of it is in the name – they keep things simple. The internet literally runs on DNS, and if you get things wrong, all kinds of havoc can ensue – your website can go down, email can bounce, or you can even open yourself to spammers! No bueno. DNSimple makes it easy to manage your domain, and they don’t try to snare you with cheap intro offers that become expensive long-term buys (I’m looking at you, GoDaddy).
The other main reason I love DNSimple is their support. They have lots of good documentation to help you understand DNS (it’s a fascinating system… at least to me) and troubleshoot things yourself. And of course if you need a bit more help, they’re always fast and friendly.
Finally, they’re a one-stop shop for your DNS needs. You can buy SSL certificates from them, and they’ve got easy instructions on how to set them up – including easy integration with Heroku!
If I sound like a DNSimple fanboy, it’s because I am. I suffered through lots of bad hosting providers before DNSimple came around. I admire everything about DNSimple – their great service, excellent support, and sound approach to building a successful business. And you don’t even have to take my word for it – you can try them out yourself, for free!
Get an extra month of free DNS hosting
If you sign up for DNSimple via this link, you’ll get an extra month of free DNS hosting – on top of the free 30-day trial. Awesome! Plus, you’ll be helping support RubySteps by getting me a free month of hosting, too. Double awesome!
p.s. They’re not paying me to write this :) DNSimple is just a service that gets it right, and I absolutely love them!