What is My Primary DNS?
A domain name system (DNS) is a system that helps translate the human-friendly domain name you enter into an IP address so devices can communicate. The DNS uses a hierarchical naming scheme to give names and locations of all webpages on the internet.
Primary DNS is a DNS server that you can use to host your own domain or subdomain. Primary and Secondary nameservers work together in order for users to access websites hosted on the internet. When hosting your own domain, it’s best practice to have at least two name servers: one primary and one secondary.
Primary DNS or Secondary DNS
As a primary DNS server, it houses the domain’s original DNS zone files. This means that it can provide name resolution for the domain itself. The secondary DNS server, on the other hand, contains an exact copy of what is in your primary so you will always have a backup if something goes wrong with your primary.
A secondary DNS server is a backup for your primary with the same exact zone files so if something happens to prevent resolution between users and the primary, it will automatically switch over to carry out name resolution requests from clients until such time that you can troubleshoot whatever problem there might be on the primary server.
How does DNS work?
A domain name system (DNS) is a system that helps translate the human-friendly domain name you enter into an IP address so devices can communicate. The DNS uses a hierarchical naming scheme to give names and locations of all webpages on the internet. Primary DNS is a DNS server that you can use to host your own domain or subdomain. Primary and Secondary nameservers work together in order for users to access websites hosted on the internet. When hosting your own domain, it’s best practice to have at least two name servers: one primary and one secondary.
How do I find my primary DNS?
If you are using a Microsoft Windows machine, the easiest way to find your primary DNS server is through the command line.
Open Command Prompt as an administrator. In the CMD window that pops up type in “ipconfig /all” and press enter on your keyboard. This will give you all of the information you need about your internet connection. Look for “DNS Servers” and copy down the numbers next to them, this is what you will use as the primary DNS server when setting up primary nameservers in WHM later on.
Is Primary DNS the same as IP address?
Primary DNS is not the same as your IP address. The primary DNS server of a domain name or subdomain does not change unless you manually make changes to it, whereas an IP address can be changed at any time by users.
Do I Need a Primary Name Server?
It’s important to have both a primary and secondary name server when hosting a website. This is because if the primary name server goes down, the secondary will take over until it can be restored or fixed. Having both servers also adds redundancy to your DNS system in case there are any issues with traffic. Without this backup, you would likely lose users and have diminished performance from people being unable to reach your website.
If you are using AWS Route 53 for your name servers, then you can use it in conjunction with other domain registrars to host your own DNS system. This is great if one day down the road you want to move away from Amazon when hosting nameservers because this allows users to mix and match different providers instead of being locked into one.
What is the Best Primary DNS Service?
Having a primary name server that you can easily access and update whenever necessary is very important when it comes to hosting your own domain names. Some of the best primary DNS services include:
• Amazon Route 53 (AWS) – This allows users an easy way to manage their DNS along with being able to mix and match other providers as well.
• Cloudflare (CF) – Although these DNS servers tend to be a little more expensive than others, they also provide an easy way for users to access their zone files and modify them whenever necessary. They are also very fast in comparison to most other name servers out there.
• Google Cloud DNS (GCD) – These DNS servers are known for being very fast and efficient. They also offer an easy way to manage your zone files without having to worry about other technical aspects of hosting a website or domain names.
Primary DNS servers are best used when hosting your own domain names to give you the most control over how the system works. It’s important to make sure that these servers are always up and running for users who might be trying to access your website or services because they will not have any resolution if there is a problem.