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Domain Names Explained

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain traditionally has two parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to selecting the domain you wish. Your pick should rest on the purpose of your site and on its target viewers. Let's take a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs intended to show a given function - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational web sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would show the purpose of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional procedures to verify that you qualify to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would want to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for example, getting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register different domains, which can send your web page's visitors to a specific web page like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the likelihood of somebody pilfering your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can substitute the NSs of your domain whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present provider's name servers straight off.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of NSs, all its NS records will direct to the same hosting distributor. Some hosting companies, though, permit you to modify certain domain records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which details on which web hosting server your website is hosted, whereas the MX records show which hosting server tackles the e-mail address accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web designer and he sets up an .ASP site that will be hosted on his personal Windows hosting server, you may want to edit solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your email mailbox accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is devised by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be far more dependable.

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Only a number of web hosting suppliers allow you to modify particular NS records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get an extensive assortment of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all name server records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no added cost.