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What are Domain Names

One of the most crucial prerequisites for establishing a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will discern first when they discover 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 visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule is composed of 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several sets of TLDs that you should examine prior to picking the domain name you want. Your decision should be based on the intention of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains intended to show a given function - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would express the intention of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional requirements to prove that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

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

URL Redirection

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can send your web page's visitors to a particular site like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and lower the possibility of somebody stealing your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can substitute the NSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the new provider's NSs instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a specific pair of DNSs, all its DNS records will direct to the same web hosting vendor. Some website hosting providers, though, enable you to edit specific domain name records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which web server your website is located, while the MX records demonstrate which server handles the e-mail address accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you engage a new site designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be located on his personal Windows hosting server, you may desire to edit only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your mail accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows server, even though a Linux hosting server would be way more reliable.

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Just a small number of web hosting distributors allow you to edit given name server records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a wide collection of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domains through a redirection tool at no added cost.