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What are Domain Names

One of the most vital preconditions for running a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will note first when they discover your web page and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies 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 fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your selection should be built upon the goal of your website and on its target spectators. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names intended to show a given intention - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative resources), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (given professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would designate the purpose of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra steps to show that you are eligible to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

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. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a certain country. Many individuals would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your website.

URL Redirects

You can register several domain names, which can send your web page's visitors to a given site such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the chance of somebody pilfering your website 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 TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can replace the name servers of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting services somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present provider's name servers straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a particular pair of name servers, all its domain records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting distributors, though, enable you to edit given domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which hosting server your site is located, while the MX records specify which web hosting server tackles the email accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may wish to alter only the Internet Protocol 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-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more reliable.

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Only a small number of web hosting distributors permit you to edit particular name server records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you have a large variety of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domains via a redirection tool at no additional cost.