Confused about Configuring Your No-IP Hostname?

If you are confused about the different configurations of your No-IP hostname, read along and see what each setting is used for.


DNS Host (A): An A Record is the basic setting for DNS. If you are setting up a new hostname with us, this option will most likely be what you will use. A Records are used to map your IP address (usually a dynamic IP address, or one that changes from time to time and is not always the same) to a hostname.

Example: If your IP address is, instead of typing that into your browser, you simply type your hostname ( into the browser. Every website uses A Records. Google, Facebook etc. If not for A Records, you would have to remember the IP address of every site that you want to visit. A Records make things easy.

DNS Host (Round Robin): Round robin is a bit more complex. It is similar to an A Record, but instead of pointing one IP address to a hostname, it points multiple IP addresses to one hostname. Round robin is used to achieve DNS load balancing on a server.

CNAME: This type of record is used to point one hostname (or multiple) to another. This setup makes updating multiple hosts that you want to have the same DNS settings easier. When the first is updated, the rest are as well.

Example: If is a CNAME to, inherits the DNS settings of

Port 80 Redirect: This option needs to be used if your ISP blocks port 80 like most commonly do.  It enables you to reach your server without having to type the port after the hostname.

Example: Without Port 80 redirect you would have to type in the following into your browser:
With Port 80 redirect you can simply type the hostname:

Web Redirect: This maps your hostname to a web URL. Web Redirects only work for HTTP and cannot be used to remotely access your computer.

Example: would redirect to www.yourname,.com. Traffic that types into the browser would be automatically redirected to, effortlessly.

Assign to Groups: Groups simplify updating hosts. If you have lots of hosts and want to update them in an effective way create a group! By grouping your hosts you can use this page to update all hosts in your group to a given IP address. If you are an Enhanced or Plus DNS user, you can even create sub-accounts and password protect them.

Enable Wildcards?
A wildcard makes all subdomains resolve to the same record as the parent. So if you enable wildcard for, would resolve to the same address as without explicitly creating that host. This is useful if you want to set up many virtual hosts for your personal web server.

Additional questions or comments on the basic setup of your No-IP free DNS host? Leave them below! As always, be sure to share this post on Facebook and Twitter and Click “Like” below!

  1. whenever i type , this adress the website is show up but the changes automaticly to my ip adress why? and how to fix it

  2. You can check the box that says “mask url” to keep the address bar from changing.

  3. Moh Mari

    I’m having problems with my Apache Web Server. I’m currently running Apache 2.2. When I type in my Static Local IP which is ( it works and every thing there is fine but when I try to do my hosstname and I port forward it on my Trendnet router it still wont work. Do you know if this is a common problem and if there is any good tutorials? That Would be great.


  4. There might be something that is not set correctly in your router or your host may not be updating properly. Please ensure that you have properly forwarded the port that your web server is listening on and that your current public IP matches the IP of your host by visiting If you do not see that your service is reachable you may need to contact your router’s manufacturer. You can also submit a support ticket so that we can take a look at your host and No-IP configuration.

  5. alexandra

    Comment ont fais pour afficher cette image “Hotstname information” ?

  6. Ron

    I have a Dynamic IP address but want it to act like a static one. What are the settings that I have to choose for that?

  7. Guide for noob only . . =)

  8. sir

    hw i can use my pc through internet which is located in other city with security(my data is imp.

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