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Domains Explained

One of the most important requirements for establishing a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will perceive first when they chance upon your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name usually 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 TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should examine prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your decision should rest on the aim of your site and on its target visitors. Let's have a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs intended to denote a specific intention - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would express the intention of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional requirements to verify that you qualify to register such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many visitors would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Forwarding

You can register a bunch of domains, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a certain web page like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and reduce the possibility of someone stealing your visitors by using the same name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can alter the DNSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting solutions somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the current provider's DNSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of DNSs, all its name server records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting companies, though, allow you to edit specific NS records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which displays on which web hosting server your website is hosted, whereas the MX records designate which web hosting server tackles the mail address accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you hire a new web designer and he build an .ASP website that will be hosted on his private Windows web server, you may wish to alter solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows web 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 particular DNS records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a large variety of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can modify all name server records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no additional charge.