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Creating a Free DDNS Service

Now DNS would not be possible without open source software which we rely heavily on. Our core software stack relies on the following projects;

CentOSApachePHPPostgreSQLPowerDNSBINDNGINXNodeJSPostfixLetsEncrypt We are thankful to al those who contribute to these projects and make them possible!
In addition to open source software Now DNS utilises services from the following providers in order to operate OVHNamecheap We recommend all our suppliers as they provide excellent value for money with a high quality of service.

HTTPS enabled URL Shortener

Thanks to free SSL certificates from LetsEncrypt our URL shortening service now fully supports HTTPS. All existing shortened URLs will automatically by redirected to their HTTPS equivalent.

IPv6 enabled DDNS

From today Now-DNS is providing full IPv6 support for all our DNS services, including;
Updates from IPv6 networks will now set the source IPv6 address We continue to support IPv6 for our name servers as we have done since 2016!
If you need a free dynamic DNS service that fully supports IPv6 please check out https://now-dns.com

Howto Setup a Minecraft Server at Home

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This simple guide will show you how to run a Minecraft server from home that will allow friends to join your server. It should only take a few minutes to setup by anyone (you don't have to be a network ninja!)

Sign up for Free DDNS at Now-DNS and configure an easy to remember hostname from one of our many free domains. The domain crafting.xyz was added especially for Minecraft use, it is available in the drop down list. Install the free Windows DDNS client to keep your hostname up to date with you IP address. Download UPnP wizard and install it.
Setup port forwarding using UPnP wizard - Start up UPnP Wizard and add a port mapping for TCP port 25565 by clicking the "+" icon.
Download Minecraft Server Start the server - Open a cmd prompt.
- Change into the directory that you downloaded the minecraft server into.
- Launch the server using

java -Xmx1024M -Xms1024M -jar minecraft_server.1.11.jar nogui.
- If this is the first time you have launched the server you will need to edit t…

DNS Lookup over HTTP

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Did you know that Now DNS provides a simple API to perform DNS lookups over HTTP?Example Query:https://now-dns.com/nslookup.php?q=bing.com&type=mxResults are returned in JSON format making it easy to parse and use in code.

New URL Shortening Service 301.li

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Now DNS have launched a new URL shortening service 301.liURLs are shortened using the easy to remember domain 301.liFor example this URL;http://freeddns.now-dns.org/2016/05/now-ipcom-free-ddns-update-clients.htmlUsing the URL shortening service becomes;http://301.li/bKPmHWhat would you use the service for? To shorten long urls where you need to save space, such as in tweets or emails. Like our other services its totally free.

IPv6 Enabled Nameservers

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Now DNS recently enabled IPv6 on our primary nameservers. This was reasonably painless to configure using OVH and CentOS.

Whilst IPv6 is not new, having been around since 1998, its adoption has been rather slow. After a few days usage we were pleasantly surprised to see reasonable amounts of DNS queries coming over IPv6. In fact we measured that slightly over 8% of queries are now using IPv6!