What is DNS, or Domain Name Service?

Computers identify each other with numbers rather than words. Each domain name is therefore assigned a numeric equivalent, called an IP (Internet Protocol) address, which might look something like this: DNS (the Domain Name System) is a set of distributed databases containing these numeric equivalents and their corresponding domain names. DNS has servers located all over the Internet which perform the translation between names and numbers for other computers. This arrangement allows users to invoke an easy-to-remember name ( rather than a difficult string of numbers when seeking out a site on the Internet.

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