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A name server is a machine that provides responses to network queries against a directory mapping; it translates a high-level, text-based identifier of a webpage to a low level, numeric addressing component.

Name servers are a part of the Domain Name System (DNS) that returns a machine-readable IP in response to a domain name. A name server is usually a server owned by a web host that is responsible for managing the domain names associated with their web hosting customers.

Let’s have a look at the steps associated with the process of looking up a web page in a browser:

  • Type a domain name/URL​ into the browser.

  • DNS returns the name servers for the website.

  • The name servers are retrieved.

  • The browser uses the name servers to look up the IP address of the website.

  • The browser sends a request to the IP address.

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