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What Is DNS?


DNS, or the Domain Name System, acts as the internet's phone book. It enables browsers to locate websites based on their domain names, transforming user-friendly site names into IP addresses that computers use to communicate.

  1. How DNS Works
  2. Types of DNS Servers
  3. Location of Main DNS Servers
  4. DNS Zones Explained
  5. Registering New Domains
  6. DNS Hosting
  7. General Suggestions for Improvement

What Is a DNS Server?

Think of a DNS server as the internet's contact list. It's a specialized server that stores the IP addresses and corresponding domain names of websites, facilitating the translation from the site name you enter to the numerical address needed to access it.

How DNS Works

The DNS process resembles searching for a contact in your phone and dialing them. Just as you select a name to call, entering a website name prompts your device to query a DNS server for its IP address. This numeric format, ranging from 0 to 255 in each of the four segments, directs your device to the desired website, streamlining internet navigation.

Types of DNS Servers

  • Root Servers: Store data on top-level domains (TLDs).
  • Authoritative Servers: Provide detailed information about specific domains.
  • Recursive Servers: Used by clients to resolve domain names into IP addresses.
  • Caching Servers: Temporarily store data on previously queried addresses to speed up future requests.

These servers are vital for internet hosting services, obtained either from providers or directly purchased.

Location of Main DNS Servers

Root servers, crucial for global DNS management, were primarily in North America but now span globally, enhancing internet resilience. There are 13 primary root servers, with numerous replicas worldwide to ensure uninterrupted service.

DNS Zones Explained

DNS zones manage the relationship between domain names and IP addresses, including websites and subdomains, each potentially having unique addresses for enhanced reliability and efficiency.

A DNS zone file on a server contains various record types, including A (address), MX (mail exchange), CNAME (canonical name), NS (name server), TXT (text), SPF (Sender Policy Framework), and SOA (Start of Authority), detailing the domain's configuration.

Registering New Domains

Introducing a new domain involves updating DNS records, typically through a hosting or domain provider's admin panel. These updates propagate across the DNS network, ensuring the domain becomes accessible.

DNS Hosting

With services like 3HCloud, domain registration includes immediate DNS delegation to robust, fault-tolerant servers utilizing Anycast technology. This setup enhances DNS reliability and security.

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