How Domains Work

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This is a sample video from our Members Area. It explains how domain names work, including nameservers (NS1/NS2), IP addresses, DNS servers and computer host files.

It starts with a Registrar where you buy the domain name. You then rent space on the Internet through a web host which gives you an IP address for your domain’s space and nameserver info to pass on to your Registrar when you are ready for your site to go live.

You use the IP address your web host gave you to preinstall your web site.

Once your site is up you change your nameserver information on your Registrar, then the various DNS servers come by the Registrar and update their info to direct visitors to the proper IP address for your site.