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What are Domains

One of the most important requirements for building a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will note first when they visit your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain usually consists of 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should examine before you pick the domain you desire. Your pick should be based on the purpose of your website and on its target visitors. Let's investigate the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common TLDs intended to express a particular intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most spheres of life, so you should select the one that would illustrate the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional requirements to demonstrate that you are eligible to keep such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain is good if your target group of website visitors is from a specific country. Many persons would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, settling on a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register a number of domains, which can redirect your site's visitors to a specific web site like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the chance of somebody snatching your website visitors by using the same name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can swap the NSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and detect decent website hosting packages someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present company's name servers immediately.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of NSs, all its records will direct to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting providers, though, permit you to edit certain records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which reveals on which hosting server your site is situated, while the MX records disclose which hosting server handles the email mailbox accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web designer and he constructs an .ASP web site that will be located on his personal Windows server, you may desire to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your email mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names such as 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 requires a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux server would be far more reliable.

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Just a small number of web hosting vendors permit you to edit certain NS records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a huge collection of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can edit all records or redirect the domains via a forwarding tool at no added cost.