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Domain Names Explained

One of the most vital requirements for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will discern first when they chance upon your web page and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule consists of two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your decision should be based on the purpose of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names meant to signify a specific function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should opt for the one that would depict the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra requirements to prove that you qualify to keep such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a particular country. Many guys would elect to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your website's visitors to a certain web page like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody stealing your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can swap the DNSs of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and come across good website hosting services somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current company's NSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a given pair of DNSs, all its name server records will direct to the same website hosting company. Some website hosting providers, however, enable you to modify specific DNS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which indicates on which web server your web page is situated, whereas the MX records disclose which web hosting server handles the email aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web site designer and he build an .ASP web site that will be hosted on his private Windows server, you may desire to edit solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts 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 created by Microsoft and requests a Windows hosting server, although a Linux server would be far more reliable.

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Just a few web hosting companies permit you to edit particular DNS records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a large selection of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can modify all domain name records or forward the domains using a redirection tool at no extra cost.