If you are a frequent internet user you must have heard of DNS – what it means is a different story. DNS means Domain Name System, which represents the largest network of servers on the planet with the largest database. The IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority), ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Numbers and Names) and many other authorities are responsible to manage, regulate and maintain this network of servers.
People are often confused between a DNS and Name Servers and use the term interchangeably. The DNS and the Name Server are neither the same nor they are much different. There is a thin line between them and they both form an integral part of the World Wide Web. Want to know more about them? Please read on…
What is DNS?
Keep in mind that DNS is not Domain Name Server or Domain Name Software. Domain Name System is a system that holds the record of every IP on the internet – their registration info as well as the information about web hosts and domains. It can be said that DNS is the main database of the internet.
Back in the days, the computer used to connect and communicate with each other with the help of IP addresses – for example, 192.0.0.1. The DNS gave the IP address a name so that a common person can remember it easily and return to it when they feel like.
What is a Name Server?
Name Server is simply a server installed with a DNS software (A program on a web server used to transfer the data). It can also be explained as a server controlled by web hosts particularly created for managing the domain names.
Name servers are also called DSN servers, which is the main reason for confusion between DNS and a Name Server. Every website in this world points towards two name servers.
The in-depth knowledge about the DNS, DNS software and Name Servers isn’t really required (even if you are running your own website). However, your webmaster should have all the information and should be able to help you out if you want to learn more.
We have tried our best differentiating the DNS and the Name Server for a common man with no technical background. However, these topics are technical in nature, so don’t feel bad if you are still confused. If you have more questions, use the comments section below and we’ll try our best to answer those.