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One more NameCheap-related article. Yeah, I’m a big fan of their services!

TL;DR: FreeDNS can’t manage .is domains.

For some client work, I needed to use NameCheap’s FreeDNS service to manage a domain name with the .is extension.

After some back and fourth with the domain registrar to try and switch the DNS to FreeDNS, I finally got in touch with NameCheap’s support team and started what ended up being a 1-hour conversation on their live chat.

By investigating the issue bits by bits, we came to the conclusion that FreeDNS can’t manage .is domain names because it doesn’t fit the .is registry requirements.

The part that blocks everything is that FreeDNS’s nameservers’ TTL is set to 1800 seconds while the .is registry requires at least 86400 seconds. The NS‘s TTL can’t be changed, even internally by the NameCheap’s team.

So, sadly, a .is domain name can’t be managed by NameCheap 🙁

When working on client projects, e-mail delivery is a primary concern. Most of my clients (most people in general I assume) use e-mail quite extensively for lead generation on their site.

Making sure e-mails are correctly delivered is crucial. Unfortunately, the basic way e-mails are sent out with website is quite unreliable. The common function used in PHP for instance is mail(). As a WordPress specialist, I very often work with its WordPress wrapper wp_mail().

What this function does is send the e-mails using the hosting server itself. This is very dangerous, especially when using shared hosting. Poor delivery and blacklisting are the two major risks.

Email Delivery Services

I’m not going to list all the reasons why you shouldn’t use a hosting server to send out e-mails. I’m just going to say that it is more than recommended to use a dedicated e-mail delivery service. There are plenty available. Mandrill, MailGun, SendGrid, MailJet…

For all the small clients I’ve been working with, I’ve always used Mandrill (made by MailChimp). They offered a pretty nice free plan that was more than enough for small businesses. However, […]

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