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Domain Names Explained

One of the most essential preconditions for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will spot first when they come across your site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain usually contains two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to picking the domain you desire. Your selection should be based on the intention of your website and on its target audience. Let's take a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains meant to designate a particular function - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informative web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would show the aim of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional steps to demonstrate that you are eligible to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

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 is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a particular country. Many visitors would prefer to purchase goods or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your website's visitors to a given web page like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and lower the chance of somebody pilfering your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can modify the NSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and discover good website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present provider's DNSs right away.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a certain set of name servers, all its records will point to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting companies, however, permit you to edit given name server records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which exhibits on which web hosting server your web page is situated, whereas the MX records reveal which web hosting server tackles the mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web designer and he sets up an .ASP website that will be situated on his private Windows web hosting server, you may want to alter just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your mail address accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and requests a Windows web server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more dependable.

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Only a number of web hosting companies enable you to modify certain domain name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you have an immense collection of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all domain name records or redirect the domain names via a redirection tool at no extra charge.