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Domains Explained

One of the most important prerequisites for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will spot first when they chance upon your website and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule contains two parts - a Top-Level Domain (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 sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you choose the domain name you desire. Your pick should be built upon the purpose of your site and on its target spectators. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names aimed to express a given function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would depict the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra procedures to ascertain that you are eligible to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many people would want to purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your site.

Domain Forwarding

You can register a number of TLDs, which can redirect your site's visitors to a given web page like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the possibility of someone pilfering your web site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can modify the DNSs of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and stumble upon decent website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present provider's NSs straight away.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a specific set of NSs, all its domain records will point to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting firms, however, enable you to modify certain domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which reveals on which hosting server your web page is located, whereas the MX records disclose which web server tackles the email aliases associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web page designer and he build an .ASP website that will be located on his personal Windows web server, you may wish to alter only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mail address accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and requests a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be way more reliable.

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Only a few web hosting suppliers permit you to edit certain DNS records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a big selection of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all domain name server records or forward the domains through a forwarding tool at no added charge.