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Domain Names Explained

One of the most crucial requirements for having a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will observe first when they chance upon your site and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain usually 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 Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain you desire. Your decision should be built upon the aim of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's take a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains intended to designate a given purpose - .com (commercial organizations), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (certain walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would express the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level Domain Name (.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. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many visitors would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Redirection

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a given web site like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody snatching your web site visitors by registering the same name with a different TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can alter the DNSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and find good website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present company's NSs right away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a particular set of name servers, all its NS records will point to the same website hosting distributor. Some web hosting firms, though, enable you to modify given domain name records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which displays on which hosting server your website is located, while the MX records designate which web server tackles the email addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new site designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be situated on his personal Windows server, you may desire to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your email mailboxes or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and requests a Windows hosting server, although a Linux web server would be way more secure.

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Only a small number of web hosting suppliers allow you to modify specific DNS records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get a big collection of TLDs to select from and you can edit all name server records or redirect the domain names through a forwarding tool at no added charge.