DNS Explained


An internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. This is the core reason that you can refer to a website by its domain name and not have to remember its IP address.

Your DNS can be managed in a number of different ways.  One common method is through your domain name service (not to be confused with domain name server).

DNS Terms

DNS- Domain Name System

Domain Name – example: Element74.com

IP Address- A unique string of numbers separated by periods that identifies each computer using the Internet Protocol to communicate over a network.

Nameservers- Web server that has DNS software installed and managed by web hosts designed to specifically manage domain names

TLD Nameservers- Terms that apply to the last part of a domain (.com,.org,.ca,.net)

CNAMES- Alias names that refer to a domain

A Records- These are records that assign a name to an ip address. These help you to identify a website with a domain name instead of identifying it by an IP address

MX Records- These are records that redirect emails to designated mailboxes. They also have different priority settings

Txt Records- Records that hold free form text of any kind. Historically, these records have been used to contain human readable information about a server, network or data center.
Sub Domains- An internet domain which is part of a primary domain (web-mail.element74.com)