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What are nameservers used for?

Trying to learn all about Domains. Any help you can provide would be welcome!

RachelM - GoDaddy | Community Manager | 24/7 support available at x.co/247support | Remember to choose a solution and give kudos.
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Advocate VI

Some useful sites related to nameservers...

http://digwebinterface.com/ -- lets you enter any URL or IP address, and selectively view any of the zone files.

http://whois.com/whois/domain.com (where "domain.com" is the domain you are looking for) -- lets you see a bunch of info about a domain, including where it's registered, the name servers and the domain registrant info (if they do not have a privacy service enabled). The nameservers may not tell you who the hosting provider is, although you can often Google to find out. But once you know their names, you can remember. So for example, nsxx.secureserver.net is GoDaddy, so once you see that as the nameservers, you can guess that the site is hosted there.

https://www.whatsmydns.net/ is great to keep an eye on DNS propagation if/when you change a nameserver setting on your domain.

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Helper II

Nameservers are special servers on the internet that control where your domain name points to when people access it. Hope this helps!

Advocate VI

Some useful sites related to nameservers...

http://digwebinterface.com/ -- lets you enter any URL or IP address, and selectively view any of the zone files.

http://whois.com/whois/domain.com (where "domain.com" is the domain you are looking for) -- lets you see a bunch of info about a domain, including where it's registered, the name servers and the domain registrant info (if they do not have a privacy service enabled). The nameservers may not tell you who the hosting provider is, although you can often Google to find out. But once you know their names, you can remember. So for example, nsxx.secureserver.net is GoDaddy, so once you see that as the nameservers, you can guess that the site is hosted there.

https://www.whatsmydns.net/ is great to keep an eye on DNS propagation if/when you change a nameserver setting on your domain.

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