What is a name server?
Name servers are the Internet's equivalent to phone books. A name server
maintains a directory of domain names that match certain IP addresses
(computers). The information from all the name servers across the Internet
is gathered in a central registry.
This makes it possible for people across the Internet to access your Web
site using a familiar domain name, instead of having to remember a series of
It usually takes about 4-8 hours for .com and .net domains and about 24-48
hours for all other domain extensions before name servers on other networks
are able to access the information after the central registry gets it. This
period is referred to as the propagation period.
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