To a new user, the term Domain IP can be an uphill task to get a grip on since it is very ubiquitous. This is very normal and understandable. Of interest, however, is that this naming system is quite similar to physical addressing system of homes and building where there is a street name, building name and number and even floor and specific room numbers. With this in mind, let us see how this understanding can be translated to IP address and Domain name  to differentiate the two.

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What’s an IP address and a domain name?

When looking up for a web page on the internet, a user will type a Universal Resource Locator (URL) on the top of a browser to land to a specific site. This is like a specific address of a building or a home. Inside that URL is the domain name which must accurately point to the specific direction of the page requested. The Internet Protocol or IP address, on the other hand, is a set of numbers that offer instructions. These instructions contain specific details about the address in a language that only computers understand but not humans. To summarize it up, think of the IP address as a unique code of numbers and the domain name as the title of that code. A domain name is a name that bought from a registrar. In relation to the physical addressing system, the Domain name is the specific address of a building or home, and the IP address is the route to that building.

The processes

The process of knowing the IP address is attained by looking up the DNS or (Domain Name Server) until one gets a match on the domain name. On the other hand, the process of getting a domain name or (host name) from the IP address will involve sending a message to a specific IP address so that the computer located at the end of that IP may identify its name. This, most often, is the same name as the domain name. There are, however, some special IP addresses for example 127.0.0.1 denoting the IP address of an individual computer with the name ‘a local host’.

Conclusion

Conclusively, a computer is likely to have more than one IP address for it to connect to other computers.