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Domain Names Explained

One of the most important requirements for setting up a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will spot first when they discover your web page and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain usually consists of 2 fragments - 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 Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few categories of TLDs that you should examine prior to picking the domain you desire. Your pick should be built upon the purpose of your web site and on its target audience. Let's take a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular TLDs aimed to indicate a specific intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative resources), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain walks of life), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should settle on the one that would describe the objective of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional procedures to confirm that you qualify to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a given country. Many visitors would want to buy commodities or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Redirection

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domain Names, which can forward your site's visitors to a particular site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone swiping your site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at present. You can swap the name servers of your domain name at any time. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and discover decent website hosting plans someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current company's DNSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain set of name servers, all its domain name server records will lead to the same web hosting provider. Some web hosting suppliers, however, permit you to edit given domain name 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 hosted, while the MX records specify which server tackles the mailbox accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web site designer and he constructs an .ASP website that will be located on his own Windows server, you may want to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your mailbox accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and requires a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be far more dependable.

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Just a small number of web hosting suppliers enable you to modify certain DNS records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an extensive selection of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all DNS records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no extra cost.