DNS queries (calculated on a monthly basis) are essentially *hits* to our name
servers for your domain. A number of factors dictate how many queries you can
expect. For example, how many other DNS servers cache the retrieved records.
This is also dictated by the TTL (time to live) setting you have specified as
well. For example, if your TTL is set to 60 seconds, other DNS servers are only
permitted to cache an answer they receive for 60 seconds. This gives you the
advantage of being able to change your DNS quickly (which is often desired for
rapid failover), however it drastically increases the number of requests that
Netriplex DNS servers must answer. Therefore, a higher TTL will drastically
reduce the number of queries since ISPs and other organizations can cache your
records and serve them directly. Of course, the negative side effect of caching
is that you are unable to make a record change and expect traffic to switch over
Most customers must weigh the pros and cons for high and low TTLs and decide
which provides them with the flexibility they need within their budget.
Determining queries can be difficult. However, one trick is to consider the
unique hits against your website in any given day if your TTL was set to 12
hours (43,200 seconds). Of course, this does not take into consideration email
or other name based traffic you may have on your domain. If your email volume
is high, or you wish to have a lower TTL, you will need to adjust your numbers
Perhaps the best way to determine queries is to actually try the service for
30 days. This will give you a much more accurate picture. If the numbers are
high, you can always call us to work out special pricing for your needs. And, in
most cases, we're more than willing to give customers a 30 day grace period
since the query variable is often unknown.