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Domains Explained

One of the most important preconditions for building a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will see first when they visit your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule has two components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you select the domain name you desire. Your choice should depend on the intention of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread TLDs aimed to signify a given intention - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should select the one that would signify the aim of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra procedures to ascertain that you qualify to have such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would like to purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your site.

URL Redirects

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your visitors to a given web page like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the likelihood of somebody swiping your web site visitors by registering the same name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. 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. So, if you register your domain name and find decent website hosting packages somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the present provider's name servers straight away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a given set of DNSs, all its NS records will lead to the same web hosting supplier. Some website hosting companies, though, enable you to edit certain name server records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which reveals on which web hosting server your website is hosted, while the MX records indicate which server handles the mail accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web page designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be hosted on his private Windows web server, you may want to alter just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your email boxes 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 developed by Microsoft and requests a Windows web server, even though a Linux web server would be way more secure.

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Just a small number of web hosting suppliers allow you to modify particular domain name server records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have an enormous collection of TLDs to select from and you can edit all domain name server records or forward the domain names via a redirection tool at no additional charge.


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