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What is a Nameserver? What are Domain Name Servers Used for?

In a Name Server, a name implies what we seek, server, or address intimates where it is, and a route indicates how we reach the information. 

When you buy a domain name for your business website, you basically own a name with which people and users identify your site. Whereas you’ll have an address with your domain name to denote your site and make it visible for internet users. Also, a route through which users will reach your site. 

But, millions of users globally also register their site with unique and different names. So, you can say millions of sites are available over the web with different names and unique addresses. 

Basically, what routes make it possible for users to reach their desired destination? Just a simple click on the browser? No! The actual magic emanates behind the scene of Domain Servers. So, to know what that magic is, you have to go through this guide. Let’s get started!

What is a Nameserver? 

A Name Server is a primary Domain Name Server part that lets you connect URLs with the web server’s IP address. Basically, it’s a dedicated server that helps find out the internet sites by domain names. You can compare a nameserver with the contact list on your mobile phones in which instead of remembering all phone numbers, you assign a unique name to the number.

Similarly, Nameservers assign IP addresses to a Domain Name. So, it would be easy for you to remember the domain name(Site name) instead of IP address. 

Nameserver for Domain generally connects your registrar to the provider from where you have purchased the hosting services. If your registrar and hosting provider are two different companies, you must replace your name servers. 

Nameservers play a most vital role in linking URLs with a server IP address in a much more human-friendly way.  It almost looks similar to other domain names. 

When you look at nameservers for any website, you’ll typically see the two nameservers. 

Let’s try to keep this in mind with this example:

ns-380.awsdns-47.com

Ns-1076.awsdns-06.org

These website name servers help traffic directly instead of serving up. 

To demonstrate the role of nameservers in direct traffic over the web, let’s take a real-world example. 

Let’s say you visit a Serverwala homepage. On the outside, the action is simple: you type “serverwala.com” into the browser’s address bar of your system, and you’ll land on the Serverwala homepage. Does this seem easy? Yes!

But are you aware of the backend or high-level process that actually runs behind the scene? Not yet! Then, look at the actual process that happens in the backend for your action.

  • You type “Serverwala.com” into the address bar of your system and hit the enter button.
  • Your browser then sends your request to the Domains nameservers.
  • Nameservers respond back with the site’s IP address.
  • Your browser requests the site content from that website server name with its respective IP address.
  • Finally, the browser fetches the content and displays it on your browser.

So, it seems to be easy as you think? No! There is a wide process involving making a request from the user side on the browser to get the information you are receiving on your browser window. 

How Does Domain Name for Servers work?

Do you ever go in-depth and analyze the site? Yes! Then you might know that every site has two name servers – ns1 and ns2 to which a domain is pointed.  They are presented with the hosting package you buy from the web host along with the hosting account. 

ns1 = primary server

ns2 = backup server

Similar to the process of devices like a phone in which the phone is connected to a network. Just like this, your computer is also connected with a wireless network connection. So, when you want to reach any site, you have to first enter its domain name in your web browser.

For example, if you type any URL in your system browser, your system goes to the domain registrars and requests the name servers for your searched domain name. Then, the name server requests the IP address for your domain server’s name and finally gets the desired site.

Read More: Web Hosting vs Domain Name: Meaning and Difference

Uses of DNS(Domain Name Server)

There are a plethora of exclusive perks of opting for the Domain Name Servers for your website. Also, a wide range of use cases. Here, some uses of Domain Name Server are listed below:

  • Convert Domain Name into corresponding IP addresses.
  • Locate web address on a distinct web host.
  • Traffic Redirection from Domain Name to a Web Server.
  • Ensure to live your business website over the web.
  • Help customers in reside businesses.
  • To ensure heightened security from accessing your valuable data by unauthorized users.
  • Regular Monitor of DNS Servers ensures more advanced data security.
  • For dividing the Domain name into multiple or subdomains. 

Difference between DNS and Name Server?

Take a quick look at the below-mentioned difference between the Name Servers and Domains. So, you get how they both differ from each other. 

DNS(Domain Name Server)Name Server
Distributed Database hierarchy for Domain Translation into their analogous IP addressSpecialized Database to translate the name to IP address and Vice Versa.
It translates the name into IP address so the browser can fetch and load web resourcesIt hosts a name or referral record for a domain name.
It allows communication among computers via the Internet.Network Management makes the network more dynamic and responsive.
It translates the logical name into IP address and then in Domain Name.It runs DNS software and handles the rest of the Domain Name records. 

Hopefully, after reviewing the table, you get the difference between Domain Name Server and Name Server. Now, it’s easy for you to select or choose the best and unique domain name that is quickly understood by your audience. Also, you get the process behind clicking the queries on your browser to get the appropriate results on your Search Engine Landing Page. 

We also listed some FAQs to clear your doubts regarding the name servers for Domain. Check out them.

Frequently Asked Questions about Nameservers

#1. How do I Find my Domain Nameservers?

To find your default Domain Nameservers, just follow the simple steps:

  • Logging your Domain Dashboard using credentials.
  • In the top right corner, click on Hosting Tools.
  • In the right panel, under System Settings options, you can see your default Nameservers.

#2. How Many Name Servers Can a Domain Have?

There may not be specified limits on the Name server. But, still, businesses don’t use more than 4 Name Servers for Domains. Six NameServers are probably too much. 

#3. What is a Domain Name Server example?

The Domain Name System or DNS is the Internet’s system for measuring 

alphabetic names to numeric Internet Protocol (IP) addresses like a contact name assigned instead of numbers in the phone book. 

Example:  www.Serverwala.com URL

Where,

.com = Domain Name

WWW= Host Name

#4. How do I Find My Name Server Name?

To find a Name Server of your domain or website, you need to follow the steps:

-Open the WHOIS official site and hit enter

-In the Search Box, Enter your site Domain or IP address

-Click on whois

-You’ll get the Name Server Name similar to “abc.yz.cloudflare.com

#5. Why Do We Need DNS Servers?

Domain Name Server (DNS) is basically used to interpret an understandable human name(Domain name) to a Computer Understandable language (IP address) on the Internet. This is because computers only understand the language in terms of IP addresses. It enables you to make use of the Internet more securely and efficiently on your web browser instead of using the IP address.

Read More: How To Point a Domain Name To Dedicated Servers?

In a Nutshell, 

Domain Name Server is a hierarchical distributed database for interpreting domain names into their respective IP addresses. Whenever you type something on your browser, send an email, and access IP, that means you are using the Domain Name Server(DNS). In contrast, the nameserver runs the Domain Name Server software and manages its respective records. 

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