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Domain Names Defined

One of the most important requirements for building a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will note first when they stumble upon your web site and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name traditionally contains two 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 and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to selecting the domain name you want. Your decision should be built upon the goal of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names aimed to indicate a particular intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational websites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would portray the purpose of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional requirements to show that you qualify to keep 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 domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many folks would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, registering a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web page.

URL Redirection

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a given website such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the possibility of someone pinching your site visitors by registering the same name with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using now. You can change the NSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and detect good website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the new company's DNSs immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a certain pair of DNSs, all its records will lead to the same website hosting firm. Some web hosting suppliers, however, allow you to modify given domain name records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which specifies on which web server your website is located, while the MX records specify which server handles the mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web site designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be accommodated on his personal Windows server, you may wish to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mail address 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 environment is designed by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, although a Linux server would be way more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting distributors allow you to modify specific domain name records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a vast assortment of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all domain name records or forward the domain names using a forwarding tool at no additional charge.