Namebench is an open source web-based social networking tool that helps users find the best free Domain Name System (DNS), with the use of tools like free whois, free dnschost and free ip changing. Developed by Google under the Google groupware program, Namebench provides an online benchmarking application that compares two or more domain names. The tool then recommends the best one to the end-user, usually the one with the most available options. Users have the ability to quickly compare the various names offered by different registrars on the internet. Namebench has an interface that allows the user to enter the name they want to look up, and then Namebench runs the comparisons. The result list includes information on the Registrant, DNS Servers and other pertinent information on the name.
Namebench has several different modes of operation. The first mode is Namebench as an application, where it is used like an application. This will allow the end-user to run the benchmarks for free and provide their own input/output parameters to the Namebench. The second mode of operation is Namebench as a service, in which Namebench watches the changes in the DNS, reports the results and compares them to the stored data of Google, making suggestions for future changes.
While running namebench as an application is an easy way to use the service, it does have some drawbacks. Namebench as a service is slower because there is no user interface involved, and there are no alerts and help commands available to the user. In addition, since namebench is only available on Windows machines, Google Chrome may not be able to open the benchmark name server output. However, this is the case for the majority of people who are trying to find the fastest server. Google recommends that you use the Namebench GUI for the most assistance.