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Domain Names Explained

One of the most crucial preconditions for building a successful web presence is the domain. It is what people will mark first when they stumble upon your website and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule is composed of 2 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 Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you pick the domain you desire. Your selection should rest on the goal of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's scrutinize the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains aimed to denote a specific purpose - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (certain professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would denote the intention of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra steps to show that you qualify to possess such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would rather buy commodities or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca domain could boost the visits to your site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can redirect your visitors to a given web site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and lower the chance of someone swiping your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) display where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can modify the DNSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and encounter good website hosting solutions somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new provider's DNSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a specific pair of DNSs, all its DNS records will point to the same website hosting distributor. Some web hosting distributors, though, enable you to modify certain records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which demonstrates on which hosting server your website is located, while the MX records exhibit which web server handles the email addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web designer and he designs an .ASP web page that will be situated on his own Windows web hosting server, you may desire to modify only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mail box 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 built by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux server would be way more dependable.

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Just a small number of web hosting distributors allow you to edit certain DNS records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a vast array of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all NS records or forward the domains using a redirection tool at no added charge.