Acronym: Domain Naming Service
From DNS Resources Directory:
- The Domain Name System (DNS) is a hierachical, domain based, distributed Internet directory service. DNS is used mostly to translate between domain names and IP addresses, and to control Internet email delivery. Most Internet services rely on DNS to work, and if DNS fails, web sites cannot be located and email delivery stalls.
Web servers host multiple web sites so most active domain names share their IP addresses with one or more additional domains, while more than two thirds of domain names share their IPs with fifty or more domains.
Trademarks disputes over the DNS are continuing, some people don't register the names they use in the domain name.
- DNSRD: What is DNS?
- Whois search - to determine the owner of a registered domain.
- Arachnoid.com Whois - An easy to access list of whois'
- UWhois - For Whois information about country-code (two-letter) top-level domains.
- DNS News - Current headlines related to DNS.
- DNS Resources Directory - Contains a good introduction and further references.
- Problems, Goals and a Fix for Domain Names - by Brad Templeton