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What are Domain Names

One of the most essential prerequisites for setting up a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will notice first when they discover your web page 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 traditionally contains two constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several groups of TLDs that you should contemplate before you choose the domain name you want. Your choice should depend on the intention of your site and on its target viewers. Let's take a look at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread TLDs meant to designate a specific function - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would indicate the intention of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional requirements to show that you are eligible to keep such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many guys would prefer to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your goal is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

URL Forwarding

You can register several Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your web site's visitors to a given web page such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the possibility of somebody pinching your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can swap the name servers of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting plans someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the new company's DNSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of DNSs, all its NS records will lead to the same web hosting supplier. Some web hosting providers, though, allow you to edit certain domain name records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which discloses on which web server your web page is hosted, while the MX records specify which hosting server tackles the mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new website designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be situated on his own Windows hosting server, you may desire to change just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your electronic mails or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is devised by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more secure.

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Only a small number of web hosting companies permit you to edit particular name server records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a large array of TLDs to select from and you can modify all domain records or redirect the domains through a redirection tool at no extra charge.

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