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Domains Explained

One of the most crucial prerequisites for creating a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will note first when they stumble upon your web site and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain typically is composed of 2 components - 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 SLD. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you pick the domain you desire. Your pick should be based on the aim of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains aimed to show a specific purpose - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informative web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would denote the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include additional requirements to prove that you are eligible to have such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many people would rather purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, settling on a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web site.

URL Redirects

You can register a number of domain names, which can forward your web site's visitors to a given website such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and decrease the likelihood of somebody snatching your web site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can substitute the NSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and discover decent website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new provider's DNSs right away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a given set of name servers, all its NS records will lead to the same web hosting distributor. Some website hosting vendors, however, permit you to edit certain domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which hosting server your website is situated, whereas the MX records indicate which hosting server handles the electronic mail accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web page designer and he designs an .ASP site that will be located on his private Windows server, you may desire to modify only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, even though a Linux hosting server would be way more dependable.

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Only a number of web hosting distributors permit you to edit certain NS records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have an extensive collection of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all name server records or forward the domains through a redirection tool at no extra charge.