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Domains Explained

One of the most vital preconditions for building a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will spot first when they discover your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule has two parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (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 couple of sets of TLDs that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain you desire. Your selection should depend on the aim of your site and on its target spectators. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names meant to indicate a particular intention - .com (commercial entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational web sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would describe the aim of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional requirements to verify that you are eligible to possess such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a given country. Many people would want to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register several domain names, which can forward your website's visitors to a certain site such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and reduce the probability of somebody snatching your site visitors by registering the same name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) specify where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can replace the DNSs of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting services someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the new provider's NSs instantly.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a specific set of name servers, all its records will lead to the same website hosting distributor. Some website hosting distributors, though, allow you to edit certain domain records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which discloses on which server your web page is hosted, while the MX records demonstrate which web hosting server handles the mail addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web page designer and he constructs an .ASP website that will be situated on his own Windows web hosting server, you may desire to alter only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your email boxes or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, although a Linux server would be way more secure.

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Just a few web hosting vendors allow you to edit particular DNS records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a huge assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can edit all records or forward the domains via a forwarding tool at no extra cost.