All About Nameservers
Posted by on 02 July 2012 02:47 PM
What is a nameserver?
A nameserver (sometimes called a DNS server) is what translates a domain name or computer hostname to an IP address, which is a numeric pointer that identifies a computer on the Internet. Each computer/server/etc. has an IP address that looks like four numbers separated by a dot:
Instead of needing to remember all those numbers for your favorite websites, we use the DNS (domain name system) to translate domain names into IP addresses. The Nameserver is the part of the DNS system that translates all that information.
Check out this great video that explains DNS in simple terms.
Point Your Nameserver to Another Host
If you registered your domain name at ASO you can login to the Customer Area (https://help.asmallorange.com/clientarea.php) and follow these steps:
Note: enter the nameserver in the format of ns1.example.com. You do not need to use the Register a Nameserver function.
The nameservers for your shared hosting account are ns1.asmallorange.com and ns2.asmallorange.com.
The nameservers for your VPS account (using example.com) are ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com.
You will need to register your nameservers with the registrar where you purchased the domain, if it was not A Small Orange.