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Domains Explained

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule is composed of 2 constituents - 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 SLD. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you desire. Your pick should rest on the purpose of your site and on its target audience. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common TLDs meant to denote a given intention - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (particular professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would designate the purpose of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra steps to confirm that you qualify to possess such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

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. Selecting such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would rather purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Redirects

You can register several domains, which can send your web page's visitors to a particular website like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the possibility of someone pilfering your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain 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, a.k.a. DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can modify the DNSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and discover good website hosting packages someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the new company's name servers instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain pair of name servers, all its name server records will lead to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting companies, however, enable you to edit given domain name records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which discloses on which web server your site is located, whereas the MX records disclose which server tackles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you hire a new site designer and he constructs an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his own Windows server, you may want to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your mails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more reliable.

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Just a few web hosting providers enable you to edit certain name server records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a huge array of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can modify all NS records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional cost.