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Striking Updates: rDNS Management & IPv6 Support

March 15, 2016
| Articles, News

We are so excited! This week Host1Plus has launched two really important features that our customers can start using right now!

The idea of this improvement came from our clients’ generous feedback and suggestions. We wouldn’t have done it without you!

From now on, not only our customers will be able to take the advantage of self-manageable reverse DNS panel in Client Area, but those, who have VPS services, will also benefit from 18 billion billion subnet addresses that are available for IPv6.

Check out our Press Release to learn more about these new features!

Reverse DNS Management

rDNS (reverse Domain Name System) is a method of resolving an IP address into a domain name, just as the domain name system resolves domain names into associated IP addresses.

John sells chocolate online

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It was only the beginning of his business so he was checking every email he was getting, nonetheless if it was spam or an important piece of information from his suppliers. He needed to open, read and then delete the email, losing his valuable time that was supposed to be spent for an actual work. Day by day, he was getting even more spam mails, and it became such a pain in the “you-know-what”. But we are here to talk about his other problem…

John was receiving spam emails

John has recently sent a newsletter, some promotional offers, brochures and other important information for his current customers, but some of his mails dropped to receivers’ “Spam” category. John got confused, he didn’t know what to do for his emails reach his customers. He started to panic. John thought that this is the doomsday for his business and that everything he did and worked so hard on is going down the drain… He couldn’t take it anymore and asked us for help…

John got rDNS management

That’s exactly where we, Host1Plus stepped in and offered him simplified rDNS management without any interference of our support team. Now not only he can manage rDNS records himself, but he also doesn’t need to wait for support ticket to be resolved just to get rDNS set up.

If you already are our customer, from now on, you will have the ability to manage rDNS records yourself, without the need of our support team, which means less time spent writing a ticket and getting help, more time working on your own projects.

Why Should You Be Using rDNS?

Well, that’s simple! I will explain the whole reverse prototype fairly simply so that you can understand the actual benefit of rDNS. Many email servers on the Internet are configured to reject incoming emails from any IP address which does not have reverse DNS. So if you run your own email server, reverse DNS must exist for the IP address that outgoing email is sent from.

It does not matter what the reverse DNS record for your IP address points to as long as it is there. If you host multiple domains on one email server, just setup reverse DNS to point to whichever domain name you consider primary. If you do so, when you send an email to someone, their mail provider will check if IP, from which an email was sent, has a reverse DNS, and if it does, the mail won’t be treated as spam.

50% increase in emails being dropped to the mailbox instead of spam box

That’s exactly what John did! He set up rDNS for his email server and then started sending emails to his clients. Oh, did I mention the results?! They were remarkable! John analyzed email statistics and found out that more than 50% increase in sent emails being dropped to the mailbox rather than the “Spam” category was achieved!

Now John is happily advertising his business and sending emails to his customers!

 

IPv6 Support!

IPv6 support

From now on, we, Host1Plus are providing IPv6 in addition to IPv4! However, for customers that have VPSs located in Germany, IPv6 will be available from April.

At its core, an IP address is an online unique identifier. While every computer is given its own IP address, the outside world rarely has access to it. Routers, instead, connect to individual computers, and it’s the routers that then connect to the rest of the Internet using their own individual IP address. Think of routers as the bridge between the network within your house (or business, library, coffee shop, etc.) and the outside world network (that is – the Internet).

Internet users all over the world as a community is facing one huge problem – we’re running out of IPv4 addresses, even though we’re rationing them. There are less than 4.2 billion available IPv4 addresses. In other words, there are more connected devices on the planet, than there are unique, public IP addresses for them.

The rate at which the Internet is rapidly evolving and transforming every day, we’re about to run out of unique IPv4 addresses and that is why IPv6 was created. For years, we’ve known the limitations of IPv4, and these limitations were what stimulated the development of IPv6 as early as the 1990s (though it wasn’t in commercial deployment until 2006).

From better performance and engagement to a larger addressing space, IPv6 has benefits that should cause people to take a closer look:

IPv6 inevitability icon Inevitability. The simple fact is that IPv6 will soon be the only option for adding new devices or hosts on the Internet. Everyone should be transitioning to IPv6 so they’re prepared when the day comes that IPv4 is no longer supported, although there is no need to rush yet. Embracing IPv6 sooner rather than later will allow to operate with the peace of mind that the extinction of IPv4 won’t impact your business.
IPv6 efficiency icon Efficiency. IPv6 simplifies and speeds up data transmission by handling packets more efficiently and removing the need to check packet integrity. This frees valuable router time that can be better-spent moving data. With enough unique IP addresses to go, you won’t have to rely on NAT to connect to the Internet. IPv6 eliminates most of the address conflict issues common under IPv4, and enables more streamlined connections and communication for devices.
IPv6 security icon Security. When networking gurus and researchers developed IPv4, security hadn’t really crossed their minds. IPv4 was never meant to be secure. Yet, IPv6 has been built from the ground up with security in mind. Many of the security features that have been duct-taped after the fact onto IPv4 as optional features are integrated into IPv6 as default requirements. IPv6 encrypts traffic and checks packet integrity to provide VPN-like protection for standard Internet traffic.

If you need any of these benefits or you feel the need for better end-to-end connectivity, don’t hesitate and get access to rDNS and IPv6!

If you’re our customer, head over to Client Area and check easy IPv6 management for your VPSs! Just one click (literally), and you get an IPv6 for yourself! Our customers get 64 IPv6 for every location that they have a VPS at.

IPv6 and rDNS features are available for everyone from now on, except that our customers who have services located in Germany will be able to benefit from rDNS and IPv6 from April!

If you want to learn more about how to manage your rDNS records or how to add an IPv6, head over to our Knowledge Base: How to set rDNS records? How to add IPv6 for a VPS?

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