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What are Domain Names

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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name usually consists of 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are several sets of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to picking the domain name you desire. Your selection should be based on the goal of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains meant to denote a particular function - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would describe the aim of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra requirements to show that you qualify to have such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would elect to purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirection

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can send your web page's visitors to a specific web site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the probability of someone pilfering your website visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of 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) indicate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can swap the NSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and encounter good website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, 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 name utilizes a specific pair of NSs, all its records will direct to the same web hosting supplier. Some website hosting companies, however, permit you to modify certain name server records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which hosting server your site is situated, whereas the MX records designate which web server handles the mail address accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web designer and he develops an .ASP web site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows hosting server, you may wish to modify solely 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 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 website hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and requests a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web server would be way more dependable.

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Just a few web hosting providers enable you to modify certain name server records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have a large selection of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all records or forward the domain names via a forwarding tool at no extra charge.