Essential information about DNS
What is a DNS?
A computer connected to the Internet can communicate with another computer situated somewhere in the world only if it knows its IP address – a succession of numbers – hard to remember in our opinion but well adapted for a machine treatment. Your website, for its part, has an address more easy to remember.
Then, it has to create kind of directories relating the IP address and the domain names. This is the job of DNS. This acronym can mean several things but it is mostly used for “Domain Name Server”: a computer with software able to answer to questions in a specific field.
How do DNS work?
For example, if you type on your browser:
Your computer will request from the IP address of Yoctown.com domain’s DNS servers to your Internet service provider’s DNS servers, then it will connect and request from the IP address of the machine connected to mysite, and finally it will connect to this machine and wait for the website homepage…
Once you bought your domain, you have to give to your registar the IP address of two DNS servers meeting your domain requests. The easiest thing to do is to host your DNS near by your registar, (charged or free according to cases), or near by your HTTP web provider (which host your website, here Yoctown).
Finalize the installation of DNS
Then, you will just have to set up a redirection so that your visitors really come on your website when they input the www.yourdomain.com URL. This handling can be delicate if you do not leave it to the hands of experts to do the configuration (here the web provider).
In case you can create your website on a platform like Yoctown, you do not need to worry about these issues: like the website hosting, DNS services are part of the suggested offer, whether it be the free or the charged version. Consequently, people with few web knowledge do not have to worry after reading this page, Yoctown takes care of the DNS configuration.