About DNS

In the process of getting a website, you probably will hear the term name server or DNS. You may hear these terms at other times as well. If you hire someone to set up sites they may talk about needing to know your name server and changing your DNS, yet never explaining what that means or entails. Soon you will know.You may want to check out read more for more.

What is DNS?

DNS is short for Domain Name Server. This means the server where your domain name, or web address is. Your domainname.com actually needs to exist somewhere so it can pick up the information you created for it. So all that data exists on the server. You want to keep your nameserver private and not share it.

Do you know what an IP Address is?

Each server has an IP address. This is an Internet Protocol address that is actually 32 digits long. They are displayed as a shorter number that is broken up by periods such as 191.68.121.42 or other such number. You can get a dedicated IP Address that will designate that you have a dedicated; read non-shared, server. For most people a dedicated IP Address is unnecessary.

What is a DNS transfer?

A DNS transfer or Name server transfer is what happens when you change the nameservers of your domain. You will do this with the service where you bought the domain, one such registrar is GoDaddy. By changing the nameserver you are transferring the DNS to another server. This may be to a web host, or if you have a problem with your current webhost it may be a change to another.

How long does a DNS transfer take?

While changing the nameserver information is quick and easy, the actual transfer takes time. Just like moving out of your house takes time, so does this move. It may take 3 days, beyond that you should check with someone to see if there is a problem.

Where do I get my DNS Address?

You should receive an email from your web host with information about your DNS address. That email should explain what you need to do to change your name servers and what your new name server is. What you should expect to see is something like NS1.NAMESERVER.COM and another just like it with a different number.