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About Find DNS records

By now, you know that to create a website, you need a hosting server and domain name. You also know that the servers aren’t really recognized by domain names but by IP addresses.

How Domain Name Works?

When a user types in www.example.com in their browser and hits enter, the browser will search through the DNS system (go through the DNS records) and find the exact IP address of the website and then forwarded to the web server provided by a web hosting company, which contain the data contained on the site. Once found, the browser opens up the site.

What is DNS ? What is a DNS record?

DNS or Domain Name System is the largest digital database in the world that catalogs every domain and IP address on the internet, including registration information, as well as their relation to other domains and web hosts.

There are various terms associated with the DNS:

  • DNS software is a program that is installed on a web server used to facilitate the transference of data related to the domain name system.
  • A DSN server (name server) is a web server that has DNS software installed on it. It is managed by your web host.
  • DNS records are the data that tell the DNS server which IP address each domain is associated with, and how to handle requests sent to each domain. These records play a vital role in the functionality of the internet.

How to use this tool?

Enter the URL, type validation code(if any) and click submit. The result contains following DNS syntax. DNS syntax dictates the actions of the DNS server

  • An “A” record, which stands for “address” is the most basic type of syntax used in DNS records, indicating the actual IP address of the domain.
  • An “SOA” record stands for “State of Authority” and is easily one of the most essential DSN records because it stores important information like when the domain was last updated and much more.
  • The “NS” record stands for “name server” and indicates which Name Server is authoritative for the domain. Each domain name must have at least two name servers. The first name server is the primary server, however if the primary server is not responding then the secondary name server is used to resolve the domain name.  For example, if your website is hosted on HostGator then the name server used to manage your DNS records will be HostGator’s generic name servers, like this:

     

    NS1.hostgator.com

    NS2.hostgator.com

    NS3.hostgator.com

  • MX record is abbreviation for Mail Exchanger record. It is a type of DNS resource record that defines a mail server to handle email for a particular domain name.
  • The “CNAME” record stands for “canonical name” and serves to make one domain an alias of another domain. CNAME is often used to associate new sub domains with an existing domain's DNS records.