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Domain Names Defined

One of the most crucial preconditions for having a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will observe first when they visit your web site and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally consists of 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine prior to choosing the domain you wish. Your pick should rest on the purpose of your site and on its target visitors. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names meant to denote a particular intention - .com (commercial entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should select the one that would depict the intention of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra requirements to demonstrate that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a specific country. Many persons would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Forwarding

You can register a number of domain names, which can redirect your website's visitors to a particular web page like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the likelihood of somebody snatching your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can replace the name servers of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and stumble upon good website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a certain pair of name servers, all its name server records will point to the same website hosting vendor. Some web hosting firms, though, permit you to edit specific domain name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which hosting server your site is situated, whereas the MX records reveal which server handles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he develops an .ASP site that will be situated on his own Windows hosting server, you may want to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, even though a Linux web server would be far more stable.

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Just a small number of web hosting companies enable you to modify particular domain name server records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an extensive selection of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can edit all records or redirect the domains via a redirection tool at no additional cost.