Help me with the Domain Name System...

DNS

The Domain Name System (DNS) is an integral part of the Internet’s infrastructure. It is responsible for translating domain names, such as sjkwi.com.au to IP addresses which can then be used to direct traffic to the correct destination server. This process is known as a DNS lookup, or resolution.

The DNS lookup

The DNS system was invented to help humans remember a more meaningful name (or alias) than an IP address, which is made up of digits. Which do you think is easier to remember:

103.1.185.218, or
www.sjkwi.com.au

A human is much more likely to remember the name www.sjkwi.com.au than its corresponding IP address. However, as far as a computer is concerned, these domain names do not exist. To connect to the destination server, your computer needs to know its IP address. This is where the lookup comes in.

When you type www.sjkwi.com.au into your browser, your computer asks your DNS server (typically provided by your ISP) to resolve that name into its corresponding IP address. It can then connect to the destination server for you. It goes something like this:

Your computer:
“Can someone tell me the address for www.sjkwi.com.au?”

Your ISP’s DNS server:
www.sjkwi.com.au has address 103.1.185.218

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... so you do not need to worry about it. However, if you are an advanced user, and wish to take full control over your hosted domains and manually edit their zones, please contact us.