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Domain Names Defined

One of the most crucial prerequisites for creating a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will perceive first when they stumble upon your site and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain typically consists of 2 fragments - 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 SLD. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you pick the domain you want. Your selection should be based on the intention of your website and on its target audience. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs aimed to denote a particular purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informative sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should pick the one that would show the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain extra procedures to show that you are eligible to have such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain is good if your target group of website visitors is from a particular country. Many visitors would want to buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

URL Redirects

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your web page's visitors to a particular web site such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the risk of someone swiping your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can replace the DNSs of your domain whenever you want. 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 name and encounter good website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain to the current provider's DNSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a given set of DNSs, all its NS records will lead to the same website hosting company. Some website hosting vendors, however, allow you to modify given records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which hosting server your site is hosted, whereas the MX records show which web hosting server handles the e-mail address accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web page designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his private Windows web server, you may desire to edit only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your e-mailboxes 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 platform is designed by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more stable.

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Just a number of web hosting providers permit you to modify given DNS records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have a big array of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all domain name records or forward the domain names through a redirection tool at no additional cost.