We all have this amazing privilege to name our website the way we like, by choosing the right domain name that will bridge the gap between our site visitors and the IP address of the site, its actual incomprehensible numeric address. In our previous article you were familiarized with the crucial role of the DNS system for translating the user-friendly domain names we type into our browsers or search engine bars into the real address of the website we like to visit. Now let’s look further into the practical aspect of DNS management.

Your website is all set up on your personal computer, with its own domain registered, and is ready to go online? The last step you need to take is get a reliable hosting plan with a DNS service included for it, so the site can be attached to its own name servers and make it to the web as quickly as the propagation time allows. This will make it possible for your website to be located online from every single Internet-enabled device in the world. Today, the DNS service is among the key features offered by almost every domain registrar or hosting company.

The name servers that come with the DNS service set to make your site resolve online are known as primary DNS and secondary DNS. Generally, each newly registered domain gets its default name servers that can be later on changed to the DNS settings given by your preferred hosting provider. The two name servers store identical information about your domain, including your registrant details, as the second name server is used as a backup server, coming into use in case the first one cannot be located for some reason.

As a website owner you will need to be aware of your name servers at any given moment, so that you could manage them in the event of a problem or if you change your hosting provider. Since the DNS settings for each domain are publicly accessible on the web, you can check yours by making a DNS lookup. This specific service refers to the process of searching for the unique IP address and DNS records that a certain domain is associated with. The DNS lookup is made possible through specific user-friendly DNS tools, both web-based and in the form of computer software.

In the next article you will find some tips on using the DNS lookup tools for getting important information about your domain that is otherwise hidden from the public Internet space.

Free DNS Tools: http://centralops.net/co/DomainDossier.aspx