What is DNS?

Domain name servers, or DNS, are an incredibly important but completely hidden part of the Internet. The DNS system forms one of the largest databases on the planet.

Human-readable names like "instra.com" are easy for people to remember, but they aren't easy for machines (computers) to work with. All of the machines on the Internet use names called IP addresses to refer to one another. For example, the machine that humans refer to as "www.google.com" has the IP address 8.8.8.8. Every time you use a domain name, you use the Internet's domain name servers (DNS) to translate the human-readable domain name into the machine-readable IP address.

  • 0 Users Found This Useful
Was this answer helpful?

Related Articles

What is a Delegation?

Delegation or DNS delegation is the process of changing the name servers for a domain. To...

How do I delegate my domain to new name servers?

To change the name servers for a domain, also known as a DNS delegation, please follow these...

Why is my delegation taking so long?

Some ccTLD's require a manual operation and can be delayed because of this. Your name servers may...

Why is my delegation not working?

Several ccTLD have rules about how the name servers that the domains in there name space are...

What is DNS forwarding?

DNS forwarding is a way to direct your domain to an IP address via DNS. Basically you tell our...