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Domain Names Explained

One of the most essential prerequisites for having a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will notice first when they discover your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically is composed of 2 parts - 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 Second-Level Domain. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your decision should depend on the aim of your site and on its target viewers. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains aimed to signify a specific intention - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative resources), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should settle on the one that would portray the purpose of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra procedures to verify that you qualify to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a specific country. Many guys would prefer to purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Forwarding

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can send your site's visitors to a specific website such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and lower the chance of someone pinching your website visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can substitute the DNSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and encounter decent website hosting solutions somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the new provider's name servers instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular pair of NSs, all its domain name records will point to the same web hosting provider. Some web hosting vendors, though, enable you to modify given name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which web hosting server your site is located, whereas the MX records reveal which hosting server tackles the e-mail box accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web designer and he designs an .ASP website that will be accommodated on his personal Windows server, you may desire to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your email box accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, although a Linux web server would be far more reliable.

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Only a small number of web hosting distributors allow you to edit specific NS records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a huge array of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can edit all domain records or forward the domain names via a redirection tool at no added charge.