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Domain Names Explained

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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule has 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to picking the domain you want. Your pick should be built upon the aim of your site and on its target audience. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs aimed to designate a given purpose - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (certain professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should go for the one that would depict the intention of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional steps to ascertain that you are eligible to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would rather purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain could boost the visits to your site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a number of domain names, which can send your web page's visitors to a particular web page such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and lower the likelihood of someone pinching your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can modify the name servers 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. Therefore, if you register your domain name and discover good website hosting services somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new provider's name servers straight off.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a certain pair of DNSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same web hosting provider. Some web hosting vendors, however, permit you to edit specific DNS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which hosting server your web site is hosted, while the MX records specify which web server tackles the mail accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web page designer and he constructs an .ASP web site that will be located on his own Windows hosting server, you may wish to alter solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is devised by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more stable.

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Just a small number of web hosting distributors permit you to edit certain domain records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a large selection of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all domain records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no additional cost.