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Domain Names Defined

One of the most vital requirements for running a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will discern first when they discover your site and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain typically contains 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several sets of TLDs that you should consider prior to selecting the domain you want. Your selection should rest on the intention of your website and on its target audience. Let's scrutinize the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains meant to show a particular intention - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would denote the intention of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to have such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a certain country. Many visitors would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Redirection

You can register several TLDs, which can send your visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and lower the likelihood of someone pinching your visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) demonstrate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using now. You can swap the NSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and encounter good website hosting solutions somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the new provider's name servers immediately.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a specific pair of DNSs, all its DNS records will point to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting providers, though, permit you to edit specific DNS records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which indicates on which web hosting server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records indicate which server tackles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new website designer and he build an .ASP web site that will be located on his own Windows hosting server, you may desire to alter solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your e-mail box accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more stable.

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Just a small number of web hosting distributors enable you to modify given NS records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an immense selection of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all NS records or forward the domains via a forwarding tool at no extra cost.