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What are Domains

One of the most important requirements for running a successful web presence is the domain. It is what people will perceive first when they visit your website and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule has two constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine prior to choosing the domain you wish. Your pick should depend on the purpose of your website and on its target spectators. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names aimed to designate a given purpose - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informational sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should select the one that would designate the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra procedures to confirm that you are eligible to have such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a particular country. Many people would prefer to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Redirection

You can register a number of Top-Level Domain Names, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a certain website such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the probability of somebody pinching your site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can substitute the DNSs of your domain name at any time. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the present provider's DNSs instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a certain pair of name servers, all its domain records will direct to the same web hosting provider. Some web hosting distributors, however, allow 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 designates on which server your web site is situated, while the MX records demonstrate which server tackles the e-mail accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web site designer and he constructs an .ASP web site that will be hosted on his own Windows web server, you may wish to edit only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your electronic mails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is invented by Microsoft and demands a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more dependable.

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Just a few web hosting companies permit you to edit certain NS records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a huge assortment of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all NS records or redirect the domains via a forwarding tool at no added charge.