As you already know, to get to a website, you type in its web address or uniform resource locator – better known as a URL – into a web browser. Entering the URL sends a request to a domain name server, or DNS, to access that website’s server. Just Like a translator, the DNS converts the URL into an IP address. Every server and computer connected to the Internet has an IP, or Internet protocol, address. You could type an IP address into your browser, but IP addresses can change, and it’s much easier to remember an address like yahoo.com.
After the DNS tells your computer the website’s correct IP address, your computer can then directly contact the website’s server. The website’s server responds to the request and sends the information back to your computer. Your computer’s web browser converts the information into a readable form. That’s the website you see on your computer screen. Stick Around!