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Domains Explained

One of the most important prerequisites for creating a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will see first when they visit your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name traditionally consists of 2 parts - 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 Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to selecting the domain name you wish. Your pick should be based on the purpose of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's investigate the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical TLDs meant to signify a particular function - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational web sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would designate the objective of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a certain country. Many guys would like to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirection

You can register several domains, which can forward your website's visitors to a certain web page like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the risk of someone pilfering your visitors by using the same name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can swap the NSs of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and discover good website hosting services somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present company's name servers straight away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a certain set of NSs, all its domain records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting companies, though, enable you to modify specific domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which reveals on which web hosting server your site is situated, while the MX records designate which web server handles the email aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web page designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be situated on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to change solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your electronic mails or any sub-domain names 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 necessitates a Windows server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more reliable.

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Only a small number of web hosting vendors permit you to edit certain domain records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get a huge assortment of TLDs to select from and you can modify all domain records or redirect the domain names using a redirection tool at no added cost.