An In-depth Comparison of DNS and Web Hosting

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DNS Hosting

A DNS hosting refers to a network service that can provide services related to domain name system resolution. A DNS hosting service is responsible for building, operating and provisioning domain name servers that can be used and integrated with the domain name registrars. The domain name servers are built for providing the most functionalities such as domain translation, domain lookup along with DNS forwarding. A DNS hosting service is also responsible for maintaining the list of configured domain names as well as processes with all the domain lookup requests coming from the peer servers. DNS hosting providers ensure that the user is provided with full uptime, support, redundancy and many more.

Comparison of DNS and Web Hosting

Advantages of Managed DNS Hosting

  • Simplicity

When the managed DNS providers are used, you get freed from the tasks related to establishing, setting up and maintenance of your own servers. Additionally, you can pool your services with others, thereby, you save money on hardware and software maintenance costs. Rather than going for a sufficient infrastructure that is resilient and redundant, you only need to pay for the services that you consider to be reliable and maintained by the dedicated DNS personnel.

  • Support

You need to have a managed DNS hosting for time-to-time support and maintenance of your DNS hosting. With a managed DNS provider you get in touch with the members of your hosting provider to help and resolve your issues pertaining to DNS.

  • Load Balancing

With traffic spikes taking place on one portion of the network, a managed DNS service can be useful as it helps in migrating some part of the traffic to the under-utilized parts of your network, thereby, ensuring optimized performances.

Working of DNS Hosting

DNS refers to a protocol that is set within the standards regarding the exchange of computer data on the Internet along with many private networks in the TCP/IP suite. It has a vital role to play as it helps in converting the domain names into an Internet Protocol or IP address that is used by the systems for identifying each other on the network. Systems along with network devices on the Internet use an IP address for routing the user request to the resulted site that the user intends to reach. With DNS in place, the user needs to connect by the means of a domain name server, also known as the DNS server that is responsible for managing the massive database for mapping domain names to IP addresses. 

Web Hosting

Web hosting depicts an allocated server space, where your website files are stored. Web hosting can be offered on a monthly or annual subscription basis. Any web hosting provider company houses the required infrastructure needed for you so that you can store the site files and then make them accessible using the World Wide Web. The web hosting provider companies give you the storage space by leasing and then you can create a connection that allows your website to be accessed through the Internet.

Advantages of managed Web Hosting

  • Lowered Overall Costs

This is the cheapest web hosting service available that offers bare-bone services and usually is not inclusive of all the features to meet the basic requirements of running web servers. Costs related to necessities like- firewall protection, server control panel, and backups are usually hidden and these are added in addition to the base web hosting price.

  • Lowered In-house IT Costs

In case you are looking to manage the server by yourself, then you’ll be facing additional costs related to hiring service administrators or even adding tasks on to IT professionals.

  • Expertise with Security

You should look to hire experts that can help you to focus on your core business goals along with competencies. Your top priority should include the website and protection of your customer data. Your managed hosting provider will give you- virus scanning, a configuration of software firewalls, filtering spams, OS updates, and running audits for security purposes. Thus, in this way, the hired experts ensure that you have an upper hand in the issues pertaining to security. The hired experts will identify the vulnerabilities even before your web servers are attacked.

  • Servers Monitoring

Managed services enable a proactive detection of vulnerabilities as well as irregularities in order to ensure there is zero impact of any externality on the productivity of your business. With managed hosting, you can keep your site and server working efficiently round the clock.

Working of Web Hosting

The web hosting companies rent out their services and technologies to the ones who are looking to host their websites on the Internet. Once a web hosting company has hosted your website, users can access your website by typing out the web address in the web browser. When the user has typed out your website’s web address, the user device gets connected to the server on which your website is hosted. The hosting server returns (the file that you have stored for displaying) along with the website to your visitor in the browser that they use.


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by Rishabh Sinha
Rishabh Sinha joined ESDS after completing his MBA in Marketing from NMIMS. He is passionate about writing articles on latest technological trends such as Big Data, VR, IoT, AI.

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