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Domain Names Explained

One of the most essential requirements for running a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will notice first when they come across your website and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the site 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 Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of categories of TLDs that you should consider prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your decision should depend on the goal of your website and on its target spectators. Let's take a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domains intended to show a specific function - .com (commercial organizations), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would depict the aim of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra requirements to verify that you qualify to keep such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a specific country. Many people would elect to purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web site.

Domain Forwarding

You can register several domain names, which can send your web site's visitors to a given web page like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone stealing your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can change the DNSs of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and detect decent website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present provider's DNSs right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a given set of DNSs, all its domain name records will direct to the same website hosting supplier. Some website hosting providers, however, enable you to modify given domain name records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which web hosting server your website is situated, while the MX records reveal which hosting server handles the mail addresses associated with your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web site designer and he constructs an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his own Windows web hosting server, you may desire to edit only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your email boxes 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 created by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more stable.

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Only a few web hosting providers enable you to edit particular name server records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have an extensive assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all domain name server records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no added charge.