Domain name server, DNS, and Web Hosting

Domain name server, DNS, and Web Hosting

Domain name server: Hi, this is Peter Moriarty, and today I’d like to explain what DNS is. When you get to MX record, domain registrar, and web host,  This can quite easily get confusing.

Domain name server is DNS. Everyone has a website, but they have a domain name. They have Domain name server or DNS and web hosting. Who can make sense of it all? I understand it can get a little bit confusing. It even got a little bit confusing for me when I first started. Let me explain the three elements that you need for a working website and how they all work together.

Now, the first thing that you need is a domain name, and so this is your It might be WWW data you or You or That’s your domain name, and you need to get this registered every year. So that might be somewhere between ten  to twenty forty fifty dollars a year depending on what kind of domain name it is.

You might buy that from your own web host such as Interserver, which is actually cheaper than  if you were to get it from GoDaddy. This is like your address such as your street address or like a telephone number. That’s the address that people go to. The next thing that you need is something called domain name server or DNS. It is the configuration records for your domain name. So it has a couple of different elements. It’s got something called an A record or a www record. What that record points to is your website at your web hosting server, which I’ll show you in step three. Think of it this way. You buy a house, but you need a road that can take you to your house. Until you can be identified as an address on that particular street, it is as if your property is in the middle of nowhere.

You’ve then got something called an MX record. Your MX record tells anyone who types in your domain name where to send the emails that go to your domain name. So if you have no MX record, the post office will not deliver your mail. It is like a passageway that takes your mailman from the sidwlk to your mail box. No MX record, no mail box! Step number three is that you need a web site. If you do not have a website, then you just have a piece of land with no house erected. You already have a web host. Why? It is because you need a host to configure the DNS of your domain name at your domain registrar. If your registrar is your web host (Blue host, hostgator, siteground, WPEngine, Scala hosting, LiquidWeb, JaguarPC etc.) , then you can do everything right there. Thus, your webhost is the web server in which all of the files that make up your website are stored. This server is typically sitting in a data center. It’s very rare for small businesses to have their websites sitting on their own server in their office. So this will have things like your home page, your services page, your about Us page, and maybe a Contact Us page. All of these are individual files for each page on your website, and they need to sit on a server somewhere that’s on 24 hours a day so that anyone who types in your WWW address gets the A record from your DNS, which is pointing them to the right place on your web host. Typically, your web hosting company that manages all of the files will also host the dns for your domain name as well.

Let us recap:  Your web host will have the list of Records for your Domain name server, MX record and your website, and it could be where you registered that domain name. Or a it could be a different company altogether. These are the three elements that you need to make up a website you have your domain registration you have your DNS, which is the configuration for your domain, and then your web host  manages all the files that make up your website

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Originally posted 2019-07-30 10:24:14.