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Domain Names Explained

One of the most important prerequisites for establishing a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will spot first when they come across your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule consists of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are several groups of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you pick the domain name you wish. Your choice should rest on the goal of your site and on its target visitors. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domains intended to show a given intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would indicate the purpose of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional procedures to confirm that you qualify to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. 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 want to buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, settling on a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a given site such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the likelihood of someone pilfering your site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using now. You can swap the name servers of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and stumble upon decent website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new provider's name servers at once.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a particular set of DNSs, all its records will point to the same web hosting vendor. Some web hosting firms, though, permit you to modify given domain name records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which displays on which web server your web page is located, while the MX records reveal which web hosting server handles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new website designer and he devises an .ASP site that will be located on his own Windows web hosting server, you may wish to alter solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mailboxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more stable.

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Only a few web hosting distributors permit you to modify certain DNS records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a large collection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can modify all records or redirect the domains via a forwarding tool at no additional charge.