What is a DNS Provider?

DNS Provider
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What is a DNS Provider?

 

DNS providers are the entities that host the DNS or zone file of a domain name.

They are the team who can help you configure or manage the DNS of your domain name.

When you’re trying to connect a domain to your website, your web host or website provider may advise you to add an A and CNAME record in the DNS.

If you don’t know how or where to do this, the DNS provider would be your best point of contact.

 

How will you know who’s your DNS provider?

You can either do a Whois lookup or perform a DIG query.

Here’s an example through ICANN search query:

Nameservers

 

And here’s an example of a DIG query:

Dig NS

 

One of the most popular free DNS provider is Cloudflare because they also have free protection from malicious attacks which can rarely be found from domain registrars. You can create a free account through Cloudflare and add your domain name.

Once you have an account, it will give you 2 name servers where you can point your domain name to.

After pointing your domain to Cloudflare, you can manage the DNS of your domain through their website and have additional security and protection for free.

 

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