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What are Domain Names

One of the most essential prerequisites for establishing a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will discern first when they come across your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically has two parts - 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 Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you pick the domain name you desire. Your choice should be built upon the aim of your site and on its target visitors. Let's have a look at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names aimed to designate a particular intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would indicate the objective of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional requirements to demonstrate that you qualify to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many people would sooner purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, settling on a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

URL Forwarding

You can register several Top-Level Domain Names, which can forward your visitors to a specific web page like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the possibility of somebody pinching your visitors by registering the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can replace the DNSs of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and come across good website hosting packages someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's DNSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a specific pair of DNSs, all its DNS records will lead to the same web hosting vendor. Some hosting providers, however, permit you to edit specific records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which demonstrates on which web hosting server your site is located, while the MX records exhibit which web server tackles the e-mailbox accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new site designer and he build an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his own Windows server, you may want to change solely 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 hosting server, but your e-mail boxes or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, even though a Linux server would be way more secure.

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Just a number of web hosting providers permit you to edit particular domain name server records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a vast variety of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can edit all domain name records or forward the domains via a redirection tool at no extra charge.