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The DNS: A Huge Distributed Database

Millions of people make changes to the DNS every day, through new domain names, changes to IP addresses and other requests. The unique structure of the DNS, though, keeps everything straight. Duplicate domain names cannot exist within domains, but they can exist across them – for instance, example.com and example.gov could be two separate locations […]

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Top Level Domains, Root Servers and Resolvers

The DNS is a remarkable database. It doesn’t perform its work alone, though. Things called Top Level Domains (TLDs) and root servers do a lot of the heavy lifting for the DNS. A Top Level Domain refers to the part of a domain name that comes after the period. For instance, the TLD of example.com […]

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Translating Domain Names into IP Addresses

Although it’s possible to enter an IP address into a web browser into order to get to a website, it’s a lot easier to enter its domain name instead. However, computers, servers and other devices are unable to make heads or tails of domain names – they strictly rely on binary identifiers. The DNS’s job, […]

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

IP Addresses and Domain Names

In order to understand what the DNS is and how it works, you need to have a basic understanding of IP addresses and domain names. An IP address, or Internet Protocol address, is a complex string of numbers that acts as a binary identifier for devices across the Internet. In short, an IP address is […]

Sunday, October 10th, 2010