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Domain Names Defined

One of the most important preconditions for building a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will perceive first when they visit your website and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name traditionally has 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (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 Name. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you want. Your selection should depend on the purpose of your web page and on its target audience. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to designate a given function - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most realms of life, so you should pick the one that would designate the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra procedures to verify that you are eligible to register such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

URL Redirection

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web page's visitors to a given web page like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and lower the probability of somebody pinching your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can switch the NSs of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and come across good website hosting plans someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present provider's name servers immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a certain set of name servers, all its domain records will point to the same website hosting provider. Some website hosting firms, though, enable you to edit certain domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which indicates on which web server your web page is located, whereas the MX records specify which hosting server handles the email accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web page designer and he devises an .ASP site that will be hosted on his private Windows web server, you may want to edit solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domains 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 calls for a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be way more secure.

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Just a small number of web hosting suppliers permit you to modify specific domain name server records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a vast selection of TLDs to select from and you can edit all records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no added charge.