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Domain Names Explained

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule is composed of 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of categories of TLDs that you should examine before you select the domain you desire. Your selection should be built upon the goal of your website and on its target spectators. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical TLDs intended to indicate a given purpose - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would designate the objective of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include additional requirements to demonstrate that you are eligible to register such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would rather purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, settling on a .ca domain could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register a number of Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your website's visitors to a particular website such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the likelihood of somebody stealing your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can switch the DNSs of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting plans somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the present provider's DNSs right away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a given pair of name servers, all its NS records will lead to the same website hosting firm. Some web hosting companies, though, allow you to edit specific name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which displays on which web hosting server your web page is hosted, while the MX records designate which web hosting server handles the mail address accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web site designer and he build an .ASP web page that will be located on his personal Windows hosting server, you may wish to change 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 server, but your mail address 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 environment is devised by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting vendors enable you to modify given domain name server records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have a huge assortment of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can edit all records or forward the domains through a forwarding tool at no added charge.