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What are Domain Names

One of the most essential prerequisites for running a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will note first when they discover your website and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name usually consists of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few categories of TLDs that you should consider prior to selecting the domain name you desire. Your decision should depend on the intention of your site and on its target spectators. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domains meant to indicate a given function - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would portray the aim of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra procedures to verify that you qualify to own such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a given country. Many folks would like to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your site.

Domain Forwarding

You can register different TLDs, which can send your site's visitors to a certain web site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody snatching your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

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

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a particular pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will lead to the same web hosting firm. Some website hosting distributors, however, permit you to edit specific domain name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which web hosting server your site is situated, whereas the MX records specify which web hosting server tackles the email accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web site designer and he creates an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his own Windows server, you may desire to modify 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 hosting server, but your mail accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is invented by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be way more dependable.

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Only a number of web hosting distributors permit you to modify particular name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a large assortment of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can edit all records or redirect the domain names using a redirection tool at no added charge.