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Domains Defined

One of the most vital preconditions for setting up a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will spot first when they visit your web page and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web page's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule is composed of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you select the domain name you want. Your pick should be based on the purpose of your web site and on its target audience. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs intended to denote a specific intention - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would signify the intention of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to keep such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register a number of TLDs, which can forward your visitors to a given web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the probability of someone pinching your site visitors by registering the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can swap the NSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and find good website hosting plans 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 uses a specific pair of NSs, all its NS records will lead to the same web hosting distributor. Some web hosting providers, however, permit you to modify certain domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which specifies on which server your website is hosted, whereas the MX records show which hosting server tackles the mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web site designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be hosted on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may want to modify just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your electronic mails 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 environment is designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more dependable.

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Only a few web hosting suppliers allow you to modify particular domain name records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have a huge assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all domain records or forward the domains through a forwarding tool at no additional cost.