NoIP Review – Could This Be The Best DNS Provider?


Bart Keating


2019 March 19th


In 1999, No-IP was founded in a college dorm room. Since that modest start, it's grown to serve 25+ million customers, and presumably - has moved out to a bigger, better office.

NoIP Review About Us

But how good this DNS provider really is?  With over 100 DNS locations, and guaranteed 100% uptime, it should be great. We'll find this out in my No-IP review.

What Is No-IP?

No-IP is a Domain Name Service (DNS) provider. DNS is the system that keeps millions of internet-enabled devices in order using IP addresses. You can learn more about it in our IP comparison article.

NoIP Review Landing Page

No-IP specializes in Managed and Dynamic DNS (DDNS) services. These are designed for very different use cases:

  • DDNS is suited to personal users. It attaches a static hostname to devices such as home security systems, so you can access them from anywhere.
  • Managed DNS is better for businesses. It makes your website more reliable by adding redundant nameservers.

No-IP also provides the following services:

  • Domain registration
  • SSL Certificates
  • Server Monitoring
  • Email Hosting
  • Managed Hostname Remote Access

However, as No-IP is primarily a DNS provider, that's the service I'll focus on in this No-IP review.

No IP Review: First Impressions

Getting set up with No-IP is easy thanks to a modern and easy to navigate website. Once I'd settled on a DNS plan, I simply had to provide my email address to create an account.

NoIP Review Create Account

I found the My No-IP account management system equally intuitive to get around. In short, beginners shouldn't have any trouble using this service. 

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Reliable DNS Redundancy

No-IP claims its Managed DNS service can reduce website downtime by letting visitors reach your site through one of its 80 nameserver locations. When I added No-IP to my website, my uptime did increase to 100%, matching No-IP's uptime guarantee.

Useful Customer Support

No-IP maintains an extensive support knowledge base and has several in-depth tutorial videos. However, if you run into trouble, it's also possible to submit a support ticket. It's a shame no live chat or phone support is offered though.

NoIP Review Support

No-IP Pricing

No-IP offers a completely free DDNS package. The main limitation of the free plan is that its hostnames expire every 30 days, so you have to keep logging in to get a new one. A $24.95/year enhanced DDNS package and $29.95/year Managed DNS package are also available.

NoIP Review Plans

No-IP Plans in More Detail

Let's take a closer look at the differences between those plans:

Free DDNS Enhanced DDNS Managed DNS
Hostname Expiry 30 Days Never Never
Hostnames 3 25+ 50+
Domains Limited 80+ Custom
Reduce Website Downtime No Yes Yes
Re-direct Ads Yes No No
Includes Email Hosting No No Yes
SSL Included No No Yes
Customer Support Tickets Tickets Tickets
Refund Period N/A 7-Day 7-Day

For most users, the Enhanced DDNS package will be suitable as it includes permanent hostnames and is ad-free. However, business users who want to add SSL certificates or separate email hosting to their websites should consider the Managed DNS plan.

No-IP Performance

No-IP claims it can reduce website load times by routing traffic through nearby nameserver nodes. I tested this with Bitcatcha and found that speeds did improve noticeably after No-IP was added to my site.

Before No-IP Dynamic DNS...

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And after...

NoIP Review Performance

No-IP Review: Final Thoughts

No-IP is a user-friendly service that works as advertised. It's a shame that no phone or live chat support is available, but given No-IP's cheap prices, most users will be able to forgive this flaw. I recommend signing up for No-IP's free DDNS package to test this service yourself.

What did you think of my No-IP com review? Please add your own No IP review of below.


Written by Bart Keating

Experienced in copywriting, SEO and creative writing (journalism, blogging, poetry, lullabies etc.). Public communication bachelor and HoReCa expert. A strange sense of humor but bearable. Has a beard, a cat, a fiancee, a hedgehog, and a brand new pug.

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