In the beginning, before Google, you could only make connection on the internet by providing the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer you wanted to view. For example, a typical IP address might be 220.127.116.11. This quickly became unwieldly and the first solution to the problem was a simple list maintained by the Network Information Center that mapped names to numeric IP addresses. By 1983, the University of Wisconsin created the first Domain Name System (DNS), which maps text names to IP addresses. This way you only need to remember www.howstuffworks.com, for example, instead of 18.104.22.168.
The Domain Name System is a distributed database. This means that there are multiple lists kept on servers all over the internet and all over the world. Each minor lists refers up to central name servers at the core of the system. This is why its takes time to implement any changes to domain names and new registrations take time to propagate around the world.
When you type any website address or web page address into your browser your computer starts looking for a corresponding IP address. It begins at the minor ‘child’ domain listing provided by your router. Typically this is given to you by your ISP. It then works up the list hierarchy until it locates the required address and corresponding IP address. Your browser then uses this information to display the page information.
Private DNS Service
We highly recommend using a private domain listing (DNS) service for your workplace internet access. These systems also offer a range of advantages that will benefit your business and give you control over your internet access.
Private DNS Benefits:
- Speed up your Internet experience
- Make your Internet more reliable
- Gain visibility into your network usage
- Easy to set up and run
- Improve your security
Taking advantage of a private DNS service is quite simple and typically just involves making some changes on your router and/or the individual workstations. There is a monthly fee for managing the system based on the number of workstations. Ask your WebSetGo representative to put together a proposal.
Private DNS Hosting
In addition, it is important that your domain name listings themselves originate from a source that are tuned highly accessible. Many domain name registrars and subsequent resellers use their own local servers to host the server locations for domain names. Changes therefore take time and are sometimes unreliable.
Many business oriented clients that rely on their websites for consistent leads, sales and representation choose to utilise a paid domain name listing service. These clients have their domain names automatically hosted on multiple name servers in different locations, offering additional speed, control and redundancy.
DNS Hosting Benefits:
- Web Alias Domains
- Server IP Addresses
- Security and Reliability
- Fast Domain Name Server Updates
- Hosted on Multiple Global Locations
- Personal Domain Manager
Given that this service is less that $10 per month per domain, it is economical and advantageous. Depending on the services you require, we utilise various suppliers including Amazon Web Services. Please consult with your WebSetGo representative for further information.