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Domains Defined

One of the most essential preconditions for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will notice first when they chance upon your website and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name usually has 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to selecting the domain name you wish. Your decision should be based on the goal of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs aimed to express a given function - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most realms of life, so you should choose the one that would describe the objective of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional procedures to demonstrate that you qualify to register such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a certain country. Many folks would rather purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register different TLDs, which can redirect your site's visitors to a given site such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the probability of someone pinching your web site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using now. You can swap the NSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current company's DNSs straight away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a particular set of DNSs, all its NS records will point to the same web hosting provider. Some website hosting providers, though, permit you to edit certain domain name records, like 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 site is hosted, while the MX records display which server tackles the e-mail aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he designs an .ASP site that will be situated on his own Windows server, you may desire to edit only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your mailboxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more stable.

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Only a small number of web hosting vendors permit you to edit specific domain records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have an immense variety of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all records or redirect the domain names using a redirection tool at no extra charge.