Route 53: DNS management for Developers. The best default choice for DNS, most especially if you're already using other AWS services, but even if not.
September 18, 2020

Route 53: DNS management for Developers. The best default choice for DNS, most especially if you're already using other AWS services, but even if not.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Route 53

We use Route53 as much as we can to manage DNS. Even in cases where we have other DNS providers, like CloudFlare, we still often connect with or touch on Route53 in our application flows.

In particular, our serverless applications and AWS-based microservices are all wired up such that they, in some way, are touched by Route 53.
  • It's a top-notch DNS provider. Easy to use, basically free, and always online.
  • Probably one of the easiest AWS services to use and configure.
  • Particularly good at connecting DNS information with the rest of the AWS ecosystem, especially CloudFront.
  • It could provide more push-button abilities for caching and cache control, much in the way that CloudFlare does.
  • It could integrate more strongly with DNS marketplaces for purchasing and sale of domains.
  • The cost in terms of time and money of using Route53 is near 0, so the ROI will be driven by whatever expenses you're incurring from your other DNS services.
  • DNS is just one of those basic components of existing on the web; It's not particularly tied to a business objective beyond existing in the first place-- you MUST use a DNS provider. Route 53 is a good default choice.
Route 53 is one of those essential services that you'll inevitably come across. It's one of the easiest to understand and configure in AWS, and using it is helpful if you're making use of any other components in the AWS ecosystem because most other components will automatically be able to see and access your Route53 entries.
The product is simple enough that the docs and the UI stand on their own. Its one of the least confusing (/most intuitive) AWS products. As with all Amazon products, don't expect strong email or human support-- you're going to be using their documentation. If you need a human to guide you through the DNS process, you should consider a tool like CloudFlare or NameCheap; if you're a developer, Route53 is where you want to be.
You need to know what DNS is; this is a tool built for developers who already know the technology and are just looking for a DNS management tool. The tool is very usable given that. If you're not familiar with DNS, Route53 isn't really for you and you won't find it to be very usable-- you'll need to go read the documentation, and that will start with learning what DNS is.

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If you need to manage DNS (as opposed to using some other service that wires it up for you), it's the best service to reach for. Nobody else is cheaper or more stable, it's completely fully featured, and it's accessible via APIs if you need that. The only reason I'd avoid Route53 is if I already have a DNS provider that I've consolidated my domains in, or if my organization is unable to use AWS.