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Domains Defined

One of the most crucial prerequisites for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will discern first when they discover your website and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name usually contains 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your selection should rest on the goal of your website and on its target visitors. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains meant to signify a specific purpose - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (networks), .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 (particular walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most spheres of life, so you should select the one that would describe the aim of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional requirements to demonstrate that you are eligible to keep such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a certain country. Many people would rather buy goods or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your site.

URL Forwarding

You can register several domain names, which can send your web site's visitors to a certain web site like domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the probability of someone pinching your website visitors by using the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can replace the NSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting packages someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the present company's NSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a specific pair of NSs, all its NS records will lead to the same web hosting supplier. Some hosting distributors, though, allow you to edit certain NS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which web hosting server your site is hosted, while the MX records disclose which hosting server tackles the email addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you hire a new site designer and he develops an .ASP website that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web server, you may wish to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your mail accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is devised by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, even though a Linux server would be way more reliable.

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Just a few web hosting distributors enable you to edit certain NS records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a vast selection of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all DNS records or forward the domain names via a forwarding tool at no extra cost.