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Domains Defined

One of the most important preconditions for building a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will see first when they stumble upon your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name typically consists of two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several categories of TLDs that you should consider prior to choosing the domain name you desire. Your pick should rest on the goal of your site and on its target audience. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domains aimed to denote a specific function - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative websites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would denote the aim of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional requirements to show that you qualify to keep such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many visitors would want to purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a particular website like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the chance of someone pilfering your site visitors by registering the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can swap the DNSs of your domain name 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 name and detect decent website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the present company's DNSs right away.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain set of NSs, all its domain records will point to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting distributors, however, allow you to modify certain domain name records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which displays on which server your site is situated, while the MX records exhibit which hosting server tackles the e-mailbox accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web site designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his private Windows server, you may wish to edit solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your e-mails 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 requests a Windows web server, even though a Linux server would be way more reliable.

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Only a small number of web hosting suppliers enable you to modify particular name server records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you have an extensive array of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all DNS records or redirect the domains through a forwarding tool at no extra cost.