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Domain Names Explained

One of the most crucial requirements for running a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will perceive first when they come across your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically consists of 2 components - 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 a few sets of TLDs that you should examine before you pick the domain name you want. Your choice should be based on the aim of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's scrutinize the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names meant to denote a specific intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most realms of life, so you should choose the one that would designate the purpose of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra procedures to demonstrate that you are eligible to have 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 domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, getting a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Redirection

You can register different TLDs, which can redirect your site's visitors to a certain web page like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the chance of somebody pilfering your website visitors by registering the same SLD with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can alter the NSs of your domain whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the present provider's DNSs instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a given set of NSs, all its records will direct to the same web hosting vendor. Some web hosting suppliers, however, permit you to edit given NS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which details on which hosting server your website is situated, whereas the MX records exhibit which hosting server handles the email box accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new site designer and he designs an .ASP website that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may want to edit just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mails 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 platform is developed by Microsoft and requires a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be way more stable.

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Only a few web hosting vendors permit you to modify specific name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a wide variety of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can edit all records or forward the domain names via a forwarding tool at no added charge.