How DNS is connected.

Let's face it, DNS can be really confusing!
TLD, Root, Website and Email Servers, the Registrar and Domain Name Service. These are all part of DNS. Short names, lots of jargon. No wonder we're all confused.

This site was built to help you unravel the minefield of who's got hold of what and how it is all connected.

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The Registrar

What is a Registrar?

The Registrar (aka “Domain Registrarâ€? is the company that helps purchase and register a domain name. They can inform you of what names and extensions are available.  Domain Registrars manage the reservation of Internet domain names. You can find Domain Registrars all over the world and they must be accredited by a generic top-level domain (gTLD) registry and/or a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) registry.

  • Registrars are the companies who sell domain names.
  • Registrars do all the checking to see if a domain name that you may want to purchase is available.
  • When applying for a domain name, you will need to have selected a suitable name.
  • At the registrar’s site, enter the name to check its availability. Somebody may have beaten you to your chosen name!
  • The Registrar will advise what domain name extensions are available (such as .com, .net, .org).
  • The Registrar also offers you the chance to immediately purchase your selected name.


The next steps can seem really confusing and that you need a super geek brain to sort through the DNS jungle of servers and very long numbers, what goes where and who’s talking to who! It can be really difficult to understand, especially if you are left to sort this out yourself. If you’re lucky, someone like your IT Support or your Webmaster may take care of these steps for you and you will never need to worry. But just in case you’re wondering what happens with your domain name�/h4>

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Confusing Facts

  • All name server records related to your domain name are located with your registrar. Your Registrar then notifies the TLD servers. The TLD servers are responsible for sending name server queries to your DNS (Domain Name Service).
  • Your DNS should also hold a copy of your name server records and all other records for your domain (SOA, NS, A, MX records etc.)
  • Sometimes a registrar can also provide DNS, web hosting services and mail hosting services.
  • It’s possible to have Registrar, DNS, web hosting and mailing hosting with different companies.

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