It is two of their name servers that have been down since this morning. Their status page shows ns1.zoneedit.com and ns14.zoneedit.com as down. Three of my domains are listed on those servers. I have another on a different set of servers that are working fine.
I may have to purchase a tertiary name server service from them.
I just received this email from zoneedit. It was not solicited and I did not contact their support service. (They don't have an obvious support service contact listed on their web page.)
This is one of those rare situations where both of your servers (NS1.zoneedit.com & NS14.zoneedit.com) are
impacted, as the malicious traffic is impairing DNS services from being provided on these servers. Our engineers are
diligently working to resolve the problems but we currently do not have an estimated resolution time.
ZoneEdit customers who have third and fourth nameservers are NOT experiencing a disruption of service. If you
demand the highest reliability, for only $10.95 per year per nameserver, you can double your redundancy and enhance
your site availability.
end of email....
I am considering the purchase of the third domain name server service. I sure hope this isn't an advertising ploy.
Domain names are really an alias for the IP address number. The domain name such as www(dot)mysite(dot)com are stored on a name server that is available to the internet. When ever someone wants to connect to supersite, the name server that is listed on the domain names registrar is queried to get the IP address number that corresponds to that name and you are then directed there.
Domain name servers are separate from other servers, such as a web server and require additional administration. It is possible to have them on a single machine but reliability and security would not likely be very good. Many people, like me, do not want to take on the added management chores required for a domain name server and use the services of a free or commercial domain name service such as zoneedit.com that maintain a secure and stable domain name server system.
The zoneedit situation is now worked out completely. Their DNS servers are fully functional and everything has propagated back through the internet and all is right with the universe.
I have moved percenthost.com over to dnsmadeeasy.com I not going to place all of my eggs in one basket again. I am going to subscribe to backup DNS servers at both dnsmadeeasy and zoneedit. Maybe that will provide enough redundancy to keep things running most of the time.