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What are Domain Names

One of the most important requirements for building a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will see first when they chance upon your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name usually is composed of 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 examine before you select the domain name you want. Your decision should be built upon the goal of your site and on its target spectators. Let's investigate the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains aimed to signify a specific function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should opt for the one that would portray the intention of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would prefer to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, settling on a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

URL Forwarding

You can register several domains, which can send your website's visitors to a particular site such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and lower the possibility of someone swiping your site visitors by using the same name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can alter the NSs of your domain whenever you wish. 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 stumble upon decent website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a specific pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same web hosting vendor. Some web hosting firms, though, permit you to modify certain NS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which demonstrates on which web server your website is located, while the MX records show which web hosting server tackles the email address accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web page designer and he devises an .ASP web page that will be located on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may want to edit only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your mail address accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is devised by Microsoft and requests a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be way more reliable.

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Just a number of web hosting vendors allow you to edit given domain name records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have a huge selection of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all domain records or redirect the domains through a forwarding tool at no additional charge.