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Domains Explained

One of the most essential preconditions for having a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will mark first when they stumble upon your site and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule has two fragments - 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 categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you choose the domain you want. Your selection should be based on the goal of your website and on its target audience. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domains aimed to signify a given intention - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational web sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific professions), 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 objective of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra steps to confirm that you qualify to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would sooner purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirects

You can register a number of TLDs, which can forward your web site's visitors to a particular site such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone pinching your website visitors by using the same SLD with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can alter the DNSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and find decent website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present provider's NSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a particular pair of name servers, all its domain name server records will direct to the same web hosting vendor. Some web hosting companies, though, allow you to edit specific records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which indicates on which web hosting server your site is situated, while the MX records disclose which server handles the mailbox accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new website designer and he develops an .ASP site that will be located on his personal Windows server, you may desire to modify only 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 web server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux server would be way more reliable.

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Just a few web hosting providers allow you to modify certain domain name records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you have a large collection of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all name server records or redirect the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional charge.