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Heather Oliver is a Technical Writer for Constellix and DNS Made Easy, subsidiaries of Tiggee LLC. She’s fascinated by technology and loves adding a little spark to complex topics. Want to connect? Find her on LinkedIn.
The Domain Name System (DNS) is a critical part of your domain strategy. Still, it’s often a neglected service that’s taken for granted … until it breaks.
Truth is, DNS affects your ROI more than most people realize.
With all the options available, it can be hard to know which DNS provider is right for your organization. That’s why we have an ongoing series of provider comparisons—so that you can quickly and easily see the differences.
In this blog, we’ll be discussing GoDaddy Premium DNS services, as well as how they stack up to Constellix.
GoDaddy is most known as a domain registrar and website hosting company. It also offers a website builder, virtual private server (VPS) options, email and marketing services, and security products such as SSL certificates and backups. In addition to these services, there is an option for GoDaddy Pro, which is a project management hub.
Buried under all these features is also a Premium DNS service. While many GoDaddy customers use the company’s free default DNS, that isn’t an ideal solution for businesses or entrepreneurs. No matter the size of the company, a managed DNS solution is vital for your domain.
While GoDaddy offers a solid DNS product, it lacks many advanced features that are available at other providers. Whether or not their DNS service is right for you hinges on your goals and unique business needs.
Time to compare!
Deciding which DNS provider can be overwhelming with all the options available. To make your life easier, we’ve compiled a list of the top DNS features of GoDaddy and Constellix for a quick, side-by-side comparison.
*Disclaimer: This information is based on the public information found on GoDaddy’s Premium DNS features page.
As you can see from the table above, Constellix is more suited for mid-sized to enterprise-level organizations that require advanced solutions based on DNS logic. GoDaddy is better for solo entrepreneurs and small businesses that only need simple, but reliable authoritative DNS without a lot of customization options or GeoDNS features.
GoDaddy offers introductory pricing for its Premium DNS (new customers only), which starts at $2.99 per month, billed annually. There are also no overage fees and plans include 1,500 records per domain. Purchase options include 12, 24, 36, 60, and 120 months.
Renewals are charged at regular or “then-current” rates. GoDaddy’s refund policy doesn’t mention DNS specifically (at the time of this writing), but its standard refund policy for annual plans is within 30 days of the initial transaction date. Monthly plans less than a year’s term adhere to a 48-hour window.
As GoDaddy lets you purchase premium DNS for up to 10 years at a time, you definitely want to pay close attention to its refund policy. Just because your business doesn’t need a lot of advanced DNS features such as GeoDNS right now, doesn’t mean it won’t in the future. Since technology continues to rapidly evolve, your business needs are likely to change in a shorter period of time than expected.
For some organizations, it’s more prudent to think toward the future when it comes to DNS service.
GoDaddy offers a stable and reliable DNS service and touts on its website that it’s had a 99.999% uptime history since 2002. However, in November of 2020, its entire network was down, which prevented users from accessing their accounts, reaching their sites, and managing their domains. On March 18, 2022, GoDaddy also experienced some performance issues that caused significant disruption of service for some users. But overall, GoDaddy has provided a dependable service over the last 20 years.
Since it first launched in 2013, Constellix has a 100% uptime history. It also runs on the same network as DNS Made Easy, which has the longest outage-free history in the industry—12+ years and counting. This is in large part due to the expansive Tiggee infrastructure, which is run on company-owned bare-metal servers. The network features 23 PoPs and counting, 3,200+ peers, 540 Gbps of peering capacity, and 730+ Gbps of transit capacity.
Along with features and reliability, speed is also vital when it comes to choosing a DNS provider. The goal is to ensure your provider has top speeds in the areas where your customers are located. Below are comparisons of GoDaddy and Constellix speeds across different continents and regions using data from PerfOps over the last 30 days.
Constellix: 20.54 ms
GoDaddy: 40.24 ms
North America (overall average speeds)
Constellix: 8.81 ms
GoDaddy: 12.53 ms
United States (overall average speeds)
Constellix: 7.92 ms
GoDaddy: 10.45 ms
Europe (overall average speeds)
Constellix: 19.6 ms
GoDaddy: 24.54 ms
Asia (overall average speeds)
Constellix: 40.49 ms
GoDaddy: 58.1 ms
Oceania (overall average speeds)
Constellix: 15.66 ms
GoDaddy: 130.36 ms
South America (overall average speeds)
GoDaddy: 106.04 ms
Africa (overall average speeds)
Constellix: 17.69 ms
GoDaddy: 124.49 ms
Even with our industry-leading speeds, uptime, and advanced services, we always recommend having redundancy at every point of failure. The ultimate redundant solution is having two providers. This ensures that even if one provider experiences an outage or technical issues, your domain queries will still be answered. A bonus to this solution is that with two providers, if one is faster, your domain will benefit as resolvers learn which nameservers are fastest and tend to pick the most expedient one.
While Constellix doesn’t natively support GoDaddy, it can easily be integrated via API calls.
Now that you have a better understanding of GoDaddy’s premium DNS service and how it matches up against Constellix, you can more easily decide which one is right for you. For a comprehensive breakdown of Constellix’s products and services, visit our website. Better yet, book a demo for a customized demonstration of how the platform works and how it can benefit your organization.
If you’re interested in comparing other providers to Constellix, check these blogs out:
Cloudflare DNS Pricing & Features
Neustar UltraDNS Features and Pricing
AWS Route 53 DNS - Features and Pricing
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