How good is Route 53?
January 09, 2023

How good is Route 53?

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Route 53

We use Route53 as the main domain provider in our company. Although we don't purchase the domain in there for legal reasons, we do delegate all of them to Route53 to manage them directly within the AWS console, or through the API or even through Terraform. We currently have hundreds of hosted zones, and ten of thousands of records in there.


  • Integration with other AWS services
  • Fine grainded access control using IAM policies
  • Geo-routing is particularly useful when traffic is global


  • It's quite raw, and does not protect you from making mistakes
  • It can be tricky to centralize DNS management when you have multiple AWS accounts
  • DNS delegation
  • Geo-routing to get users to closer servers depending on their location
  • The notion of ALIAS to bypass usual DNS limitations
  • All of our brand domain names (about 80 brands) are managed in there
  • Many non marketing or brand domains are also in there
  • There isn't any defined ROI because it's such a trivial and necessary service with impacts all business operations
Since we are heavy users of AWS, it was only natural for us to go with Route53. It's well integrated with other AWS services, and domain creation and modifications can get automated with the infrastructure itself, with tools like terraform.
We also use Cloudfront and ALBs extensively, and they work together very well. Using an ALIAS record, you don't even have to wait for TTL and record propagation to finish, it's pretty much instantaneous.

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It's a quite decent DNS management service in its own right. The ALIAS feature that allows to point an APEX domain to another CNAME (and not necessarily to an IP address, like in standard DNS) is definitely a plus.
It's quite a technical service, so it might not be very welcoming or user friendly if a good UX/UI is what you're looking for.


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