You have the option to manage your DNS at Netlify or somewhere else, and either way will work great! You can still use Netlify to build your awesome site, and leave DNS management where it is. Or Netlify can manage your DNS for free (!) and we are happy to provide this service because we know it makes people’s lives a lot easier.
I can share one of the benefits of Netlify’s DNS and one of the benefits of external DNS to help you decide.
Netlify DNS benefit - if your repo has multiple branches all serving different content, you can have a subdomain for every single branch in your repo, and a wildcard SSL certificate will cover them all. This will happen automatically, with one click.
External DNS benefit - we don’t allow inbound dns zone transfers so if you have a lot of existing DNS records its simplest & safest to use external.
If you still aren’t sure, no worries, reach out and we’ll help you decide what might be the best option for you.