Ugh… great… The NameCheap free name servers/DNS servers (also called FreeDNS servers) are down due to a DDOS attack. Status of the issue can be tracked at http://status.namecheap.com.
Now, this is not the first time I’ve had to deal with it. MyDomain name servers were down earlier this year (link). Since this is not the first time dealing with this, immediately added backup name servers so that I am using both MyDomain and NameCheap servers, but that doesn’t make it any less unpleasant. Especially feeling stupid for not having had backup DNS servers set after the last outage.
The upsetting thing is that one of my domain names is actually registered with NameCheap and that one seems to be resolving just fine. I wonder if I am being unreasonable in expecting their free offering to have the same reliability as their paid offering given the nature of the product.
Update: Beracah suggested that www.dnsmadeeasy.com guarantees 100% uptime. Switching there… he also says it improves access time.