It might seem like magic when you go online shopping, video chat across continents, and stream videos or music to your phone, but this is all thanks to the sophisticated engineering achievement that is the domain name system (DNS). DNS is a powerful network that keeps billions of internet users and over 300 million domain names connecting.
The DNS underpins the internet we use every day. This transparent network runs in the background whenever you send an email, or load a website. DNS is often likened to the internet’s version of a telephone book. To call someone, you must first find their telephone number. To do so you look up a contact name, similary, DNS converts email addresses and websites humans read into computer-readable, numerical IP addresses.
DNS is a complicated topic with many aspects that affect your day to day life, especially if you own a website. If you’re a domain owner, listen up, because theDNS controls different aspects of your domain name. If you simply want to broaden your knowledge of what’s going on behind the scenes of the world wide web in general, stay with us.
In this article, we will discuss the ins and outs of the domain name system, including the basics of how it works, why it exists and how the DNS relates to your domain name.
What does DNS Mean
The DNS goes by many names, including name server, domain name system server, and nameserver. Regardless of which name is used, all describe the process of making domain names alphabetical. DNS also refers to the hierarchical system used to search through the network of millions of IP addresses, to locate the exact IP of your desired website.