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What are Name Servers and Domain Name Servers (DNS)?

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What are Name Servers and Domain Name Servers (DNS)?

Sandy on Thursday, August 11 2011, 12:17 PM
Domain Name & Name Servers

A Name Server (also called as Nameserver) holds information relating the naming scheme of IP Addresses of web sites. When you register a domain name, a Name Server creates a"zone" file for that domain that relates to an IP address. This file will have different zone records and one that is pointing to your website is called an "A Record.” An "MX Record" is another example of a zone on a Name Server used to identify the mail servers. So when someone sends you an email, for example, their mail server will request the Name Server for your domain and obtain its IP Address to send the mail to the mail server.

Remembering IP Addresses every time you wanted to visit a web page would be difficult to remember and not always possible to type each time, so a naming scheme is used instead (Domain Name). So when you type in the domain name, the Domain Name Servers does the job of translating the domain name to an IP addresses. IP address will be pointing to a website on some other machine. So it is easy and internally translated by Domain Name Servers.
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