Google is selling their domain registration business to Squarespace. If your webserver is at a dynamic Internet address, the address needs to be monitored so it can be updated on the name server when it changes. Squarespace name servers won’t accept dynamic updates.
Monitoring the network to see the router’s public Internet address change and updating Google Domains‘ name server was done with Google provided DDNS instructions and settings. Squarespace, the provider they’re selling their Domain Name business to, does not support DDNS. Once Squarespace is actually managing the domain name it will keep the old information about the Internet address in its name server but doesn’t provide a way to automate updates. Once the domain name is on Squarespace and my Internet provider updates my modem’s Internet address, access to this website by name goes down unless I’ve set up another way to keep the website address updated.
Two ways I found to avoid this are move to a registrar that supports DDNS, like Namecheap, or find a DNS provider that supports DDNS and doesn’t require registering a domain with them, like FreeDNS (at afraid.org, yes, but don’t be), and use of their name servers as custom name servers with the domain registrar. That approach requires two service providers for each domain, a registrar and a DNS service.
There’s a fee with registrars for migrating a domain to them. Not much but if you can just change a setting and then there’s no need to pay to move to a different registrar then why not do that?
“THAT”, in this case means leaving the domains with Google and updating the name servers on Google’s domain registration record to the FreeDNS name servers and then keeping the Internet address updated on the FreeDNS name servers.
I’ve moved one domain to Namecheap to see how I like that, an $11 move. It will give me a hand at a third domain control panel, Google Domains, Squarespace, and Namecheap.
The others I’ve created records for them on FreeDNS, updated the name server records on Google Domains and will start using the Squarespace control panel to manage them when they transfer from Google. Squarespace doesn’t support DDNS but if custom nameservers are supported the move from Google Domains will go without a hitch.
Haven’t moved boba.org yet. Want to interact with the other sites a bit before deciding to use FreeDNS and their name servers with Squarespace domain registration or move to a registrar that supports DDNS with their name servers.
I do have to spend time out of the house to interact with the sites through the new DNS / name server setups. Sure, could do it through the phone if I turn off the WiFi but LTE isn’t very good here and I don’t like phone screen for web browsing. If LTE was good could tether the computer to the phone and browse the sites on the pc as I’d like. Kind’a lucky the weak signal, more fun to go out. Maybe find a coffee shop in a mall, buy a cup, sit in one of the seats and figure out how to choose the better option, then compare the details and make the choice.