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Domain Names Explained

One of the most important requirements for running a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will note first when they come across your web site and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule is composed of 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to selecting the domain you want. Your decision should depend on the purpose of your site and on its target spectators. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains aimed to indicate a given purpose - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational web sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would illustrate the purpose of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra steps to verify that you qualify to keep 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 Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would want to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain could boost the visits to your site.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can send your visitors to a particular web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody pinching your website visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can modify the name servers of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and stumble upon decent website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain to the new company's DNSs straight off.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a particular set of NSs, all its domain name records will point to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting firms, however, enable you to edit certain records, such as 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 website is hosted, while the MX records reveal which hosting server tackles the e-mail address accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web site designer and he sets up an .ASP website that will be located on his own Windows web server, you may wish to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more secure.

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Only a few web hosting distributors allow you to modify certain domain name server records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a huge collection of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all DNS records or forward the domains through a redirection tool at no additional charge.