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What are Domain Names

One of the most crucial preconditions for building a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will observe first when they discover your site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your website's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule has 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several categories of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you choose the domain name you want. Your selection should be built upon the aim of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains intended to signify a particular purpose - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given professions), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should go for the one that would denote the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional steps to prove that you qualify to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many guys would want to purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Forwarding

You can register different Top-Level Domain Names, which can forward your site's visitors to a certain website like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the likelihood of somebody pilfering 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 Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can change 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. In this way, if you register your domain and detect good website hosting services somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a specific pair of name servers, all its name server records will lead to the same website hosting firm. Some website hosting distributors, however, enable you to modify certain domain records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which designates on which hosting server your web site is hosted, whereas the MX records reveal which web server tackles the e-mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he constructs an .ASP web site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows server, you may wish to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mail boxes or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more dependable.

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Only a few web hosting providers enable you to edit given name server records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you have a wide assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can modify all name server records or forward the domain names via a forwarding tool at no additional charge.


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