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Domain Names Explained

One of the most crucial preconditions for creating a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will notice first when they come across your site and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain typically contains 2 components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate before you select the domain you want. Your pick should be based on the aim of your website and on its target spectators. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domains intended to designate a particular function - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative resources), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should go for the one that would designate the purpose of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra procedures to prove that you are eligible to possess such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a certain country. Many individuals would want to purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirection

You can register several domains, which can forward your website's visitors to a certain website like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the likelihood of someone pinching your web site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can swap the name servers of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and come across good website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs instantly.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a certain pair of name servers, all its name server records will direct to the same website hosting vendor. Some web hosting companies, though, permit you to modify certain domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which hosting server your web site is located, while the MX records display which web server handles the e-mail box accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web site designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be situated on his own Windows web hosting server, you may desire to modify only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your mailboxes or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more stable.

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Just a small number of web hosting suppliers permit you to modify specific domain name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a large collection of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all records or redirect the domains through a forwarding tool at no added charge.