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How is a nameserver different from DNS records?

Individual DNS records such as A, CNAME, AAAA or MX records are used to map domain or host names to specific IP addresses.  This is what associates your domain name with your hosting or email service provider.

A nameserver functions as a bundle of DNS records.  When you update the nameservers for your domain name you are effectively updating every DNS record you have associated with your domain name at once.

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