DNS can be quite complicated if you over think it. When it comes to DNS, it is important to keep things simple.
For beginners, or those who have no idea about internet technology, its easiest to think of a DNS as a directory or telephone book. The directory (telephone book) translates the name of a person or business into an address/phone number, right?
This is exactly what DNS does for the internet. DNS (Domain Name System) translates the name of a computer (or other network equipment), into addresses, known as IP addresses.
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When I type “host bamajr.com” into my linux terminal screen as so:
bamajr@9H38PJ1:~$ host bamajr.com
then press the [enter] key. I get the following output:
bamajr.com has address 126.96.36.199
…along with some other information.
In this example, typing “host” tells my computer I want to reference a DNS (or directory). The “bamajr.com” following “host” signifies I’m looking for the name “bamajr.com” in the DNS (or directory). When I press enter, a DNS finds the information I asked for and presents me with the information available for the name (bamajr.com) I requested. In this case, “188.8.131.52” is the IP address (or address) on record.
See, this stuff isn’t so difficult, right?
I mentioned before that keeping things simple, would make it easier to understand and I hope I’ve been able to help you in your understanding of DNS, by keeping things simple for you.
This post represents the required post for P2PU: Webmaking 101 – Attack the DNS.
Prior P2PU Posts
If you are interested in any of my prior posts in the P2PU: Webmaking 101 series, you can see them below:
- P2PU: Webmaking 101
- P2PU: Webmaking 101 – Writing HTML by Hand
- P2PU: Webmaking 101 – Choose Your Weapon
- P2PU: Webmaking 101 – HTML Hunting in the World Around You
Oh, and if you have the time, I have a poll running at the bottom of the P2PU: Webmaking 101 – Choose Your Weapon post. Take some time to cast your vote. If you don’t see your favorite text editor listed, just add it. I think those who are watching this poll would find it much more useful if the actual editor was mentioned if you choose to vote for “other.”