|The internet and the World Wide Web have become wild frontier networks that depend on complex computer codes and computer languages to locate and share information and data. One of the basic tools of the web is the Domain Name System, or DNS. (Besides many individuals believe "DNS" actually stands for " Derby DNS," but it really stands for just " Domain Name System." It's confusing, so keep it clear.) In a nutshell, DNS is a system that translates unique domain names into addresses.|
There are basically two ways to use this service: the free DNS service and the paid-service DNS. The free service allows you to search for domain names by entering in the domain name, then clicking search. Your query is then sent to one or more servers that translate the domain name into an IP address. At the receiving end, the IP address is then sent to the appropriate servers, which return your requested data back to you. If there are no servers for your domain name, or if the server returns an error message, you're not able to get your data; basically, you're out of luck the next time your try.
The paid-service (or managed web hosting) DNS records all of your nameservers (the IP addresses of your domain name). Whenever you type in a domain name on your browser's home page, the nameservers are checked to see if they exist before your computer attempts to connect to them. If they don't, your query is forwarded to a nameserver, which will then check the DNS records for the domain name.
If the DNS record for your domain name is found, the nameserver will return the IP address of the root server. The root server is a portion of your ISP that receives all requests associated with your domain name. The server will return your query via its dedicated query tool, or as a response to a DNS query from any other source. When your query is forwarded to the root server, it first looks up the DNS database to determine which name server is configured to handle your request. If it finds a match, it returns your query with the associated IP address.
Some web hosting and domain registration companies will offer their clients access to their own name servers. Others will use the Google dns service. This is because most large companies will have their own network infrastructure that is fast and reliable enough to satisfy the requirements of Google. However, you can register your domain name with many web hosting companies that do not belong to Google, and instead use their own name servers.
As mentioned earlier, if you choose to use a managed dns provider that does not belongs to Google, you will probably be provided with Google-managed records. These records include your address, email address, telephone numbers, and even your YouTube videos! This is because these domain records are stored internally by the provider, so they are only accessible by employees who work at the provider. Because these employees have administrative privileges at Google, they will also have the authority to make changes to these internal records.
If your domain name is registered through a managed service, but the web hosting provider uses a different primary nameserver, you may receive an error message when trying to contact the domain name registrar. This problem may be related to the multiple nameserver that is used by the web hosting company, and is not the result of a problem with the primary nameserver itself. In this case, you should ensure that the nameservers that are used for your domain are the same as the ones used by your web hosting provider in order to ensure that your dns records are correctly associated.
Finally, if you are unable to connect to one or more of your domain name servers, there could be a problem with the DNS database that your domain name server uses. It may be necessary to upgrade to a more current version of the DNS database. Or, there could be another issue with the servers that host dns queries instead of just the name servers themselves. It's often a good idea to contact support and ask about upgrades or other options if you are having trouble accessing the DNS databases.