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Domains Explained

One of the most vital requirements for building a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will observe first when they stumble upon your web page and what they will link you with. The domain name 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)

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A domain name typically contains two fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you choose the domain name you wish. Your pick should rest on the goal of your site and on its target audience. Let's take a peek at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains intended to signify a particular intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs cover most realms of life, so you should pick the one that would explain the aim of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra procedures to confirm that you are eligible to possess such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your site.

URL Redirects

You can register a bunch of domains, which can forward your site's visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the risk of someone pilfering your site visitors by using the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can change the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and stumble upon decent website hosting plans somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the current company's DNSs instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a particular pair of NSs, all its records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting companies, however, allow you to edit given name server records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which designates on which hosting server your web page is hosted, while the MX records indicate which server handles the email accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web designer and he designs an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his own Windows web hosting server, you may want to modify only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more dependable.

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Only a few web hosting companies permit you to edit given NS records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a huge array of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all domain name server records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no extra charge.