I’m looking for something (a tool / resource / website) that I can use to explain hosting, domain names, DNS, MX records, etc to my layman client. Hopefully something that simplifies the structure of the internet and uses analogies that are easy to understand. Maybe you’ve come across something like that and wouldn’t mind sharing. It really is for my client, not me. Thanks!
I would venture to say “basic” and “comprehensive” are not often achieved together.
Secondly, you should simply (respectfully) point him to the Internet. Isn’t he capable of performing research on his own?
domain is like the address, you use the domain to locate a website(hosting). Hosting is like the home where you put the website content in. DNS is the server connecting domain and hosting. MX record is a set up to connect the domain name to the mail hosting. Easy to understand?
A bit more accurately (clarification), the ip address is the unique address for any hardware connected to the Internet and the domain name is a “human” shortcut to that address. Domain Name Services (DNS) is the system that links a domain name to an ip address. It is actually another logical network running in parallel to the Internet.