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Domain Names Defined

One of the most important requirements for running a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will spot first when they visit your website and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally is composed of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are several groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain you want. Your choice should rest on the goal of your site and on its target viewers. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names meant to denote a given intention - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would illustrate the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional steps to confirm that you qualify to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a given country. Many persons would rather buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

URL Redirects

You can register different TLDs, which can redirect your website's visitors to a certain web page such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and lower the risk of someone snatching your site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) display where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can swap the NSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting packages somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current company's NSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a particular set of DNSs, all its records will point to the same web hosting vendor. Some website hosting companies, however, allow you to edit certain domain name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which shows on which server your web site is located, while the MX records indicate which server handles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new website designer and he build an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his personal Windows hosting server, you may want to alter just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your emails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be far more dependable.

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Only a few web hosting suppliers allow you to edit given domain records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an immense selection of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all NS records or redirect the domains via a forwarding tool at no additional cost.