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What are nameservers?

Nameservers are servers that are configured with DNS software that holds DNS records for domain names, which convert domain names which we would enter into our web browser, into IP addresses which the server uses to specify where the website is located.

Nameservers help connect URLs with the IP address of web servers. They are an important part of the Domain Name System

You can essentially think of nameservers as the address books of the internet.

In the absence of nameservers, people would have to enter IP addresses to load websites instead of a domain name, which would be a very difficult task.

For instance, the IP address: ,resolves to our domain:

So, nameservers are always called whenever the user hits the website. As you know, all devices that are connected to the internet can be identified with IP addresses. Nameservers are actually a part of the DNS and act as a directory for devices and the IP address attached to them.

Nameservers actually translate the domain names into numeric IP addresses. This process is so quick that we never noticed it. For the user, they just enter the website and the browser loads the page for the user to interact with that page.

Without nameservers, we might have to enter complex IP addresses instead of simple website names. Therefore, the benefit of nameservers is actually very beneficial for the end-user.

The term “nameserver” can be used to define the system that has DNS records.

One Major difference between DNS and nameservers are DNS records hold the information about which IP address match which domains while nameservers map the website and the IP address. A nameserver is a library and DNS records are the catalog.

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