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Domain Names Explained

One of the most important preconditions for creating a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will note first when they chance upon your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically is composed of two 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 Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are several categories of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your selection should rest on the purpose of your site and on its target audience. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains meant to show a specific intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would express the objective of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to register such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

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. Selecting such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many folks would rather purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Redirects

You can register different Top-Level Domains, which can forward your site's visitors to a given web page like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody stealing your web site visitors by registering the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can change the name servers of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and stumble upon good website hosting services somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the new provider's DNSs right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a specific set of name servers, all its DNS records will point to the same web hosting provider. Some web hosting companies, though, permit you to edit certain DNS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which displays on which server your web page is located, while the MX records disclose which web server handles the email address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web site designer and he develops an .ASP website that will be located on his private Windows hosting server, you may want to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your mailbox accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more secure.

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Only a small number of web hosting vendors permit you to modify specific name server records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a wide variety of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all domain name server records or forward the domain names using a forwarding tool at no added cost.