Knowledgebase: Domain Name
WHAT IS: Domain and DNS?
Posted by on 08 December 2011 05:31 PM

The internet is a giant network of computers. Each device connected to the internet is assigned a unique IP address which helps other computers identify it. This IP address is a long string of numbers with periods, which are hard to remember. Thus, domain names were invented to solve this problem by using alphabets and allowing users to select easy to remember names for their websites.

DNS stands for “Domain Name System”. It’s a system that lets you connect to websites by matching human-readable domain names (e.g., with the unique ID of the server where your actual domain is hosted. Think of the DNS system as the internet’s phonebook. When a user enters a domain name like on their device, it looks up the IP address and connects them to the physical location where that website is hosted.

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