What is a Nameserver?

A nameserver is the Domain Name System (DNS) server component that translates a website’s domain name into a numerical IP address. This term can refer to any server with DNS software, as well as a hosting provider’s server that manages customer domain names.

More About Nameservers

Since nameservers connect domain names to IP addresses, this setup prevents users from memorizing a string of numbers to visit a website. After a user searches for a domain name, this sends a request to the DNS to find the respective nameserver. This nameserver will then point to the server provided by the website’s host.

Website owners will need to change their nameserver when migrating to a new hosting service to point to the new hosting location. A nameserver might also need to be changed when adding a Web Application Firewall (WAF). You can do this by editing the website’s DNS records with Domain.com or through a hosting provider.

Special Offer
Domain Registration
Search for the perfect domain name and register yours before someone else does! Click below to check availability and see special offers.