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Domains Explained

One of the most vital prerequisites for setting up a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will mark first when they discover your web page and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your website's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically is composed of two components - 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 Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you select the domain name you wish. Your pick should rest on the aim of your website and on its target spectators. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domains intended to signify a particular intention - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given professions), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs cover most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would depict the intention of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional steps to show that you are eligible to have such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a given country. Many guys would sooner buy goods or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can forward your site's visitors to a certain web page such as domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and reduce the risk of somebody snatching your website visitors by using the same name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can switch 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. Therefore, if you register your domain name and stumble upon decent website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the current company's DNSs right away.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a specific pair of NSs, all its DNS records will direct to the same web hosting firm. Some website hosting distributors, however, permit you to edit specific domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which reveals on which web hosting server your web page is situated, whereas the MX records show which server tackles the mail address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new website designer and he build an .ASP web page that will be located on his private Windows hosting server, you may desire to alter just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more dependable.

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Just a few web hosting distributors allow you to edit specific name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you have an extensive selection of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can edit all domain name records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no added charge.