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Domains Defined

One of the most vital requirements for establishing a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will notice first when they come across your web page and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally has two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine prior to picking the domain you wish. Your selection should depend on the intention of your website and on its target spectators. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread TLDs aimed to show a particular function - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational websites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most realms of life, so you should choose the one that would illustrate the intention of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra requirements to prove that you are eligible to have such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

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. Settling on such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would rather purchase goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Redirects

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can send your web page's visitors to a given website like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and lower the possibility of someone stealing your visitors by using the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) demonstrate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can switch the NSs of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting packages someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present company's NSs at once.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a specific set of DNSs, all its NS records will point to the same website hosting provider. Some web hosting vendors, however, enable you to modify specific name server records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which exhibits on which hosting server your website is located, whereas the MX records display which hosting server handles the electronic mail accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you hire a new web designer and he designs an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his own Windows web server, you may want to edit solely the Internet Protocol 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 e-mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows hosting server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more dependable.

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Only a few web hosting vendors allow you to edit given NS records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you have an enormous collection of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all domain name records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional cost.