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Domain Names Explained

One of the most essential preconditions for establishing a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will note first when they discover your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain typically is composed of 2 fragments - 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 Name. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to choosing the domain you wish. Your selection should be built upon the intention of your site and on its target spectators. Let's scrutinize the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to designate a particular intention - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should choose the one that would designate the intention of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra procedures to demonstrate that you qualify to keep 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 domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain is good if your target group of website visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would rather purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Forwarding

You can register different domain names, which can send your visitors to a given web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the chance of someone snatching your website visitors by using the same name with a different TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) demonstrate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can swap the DNSs of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and encounter good website hosting packages someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current provider's DNSs instantly.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a given pair of NSs, all its name server records will direct to the same website hosting company. Some web hosting distributors, though, enable you to edit specific DNS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which reveals on which web hosting server your website is situated, whereas the MX records demonstrate which server handles the e-mail aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new site designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be located on his private Windows server, you may want to modify only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your e-mail address accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more secure.

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Just a number of web hosting companies permit you to modify given domain name records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have an immense selection of TLDs to select from and you can modify all NS records or redirect the domain names via a redirection tool at no added charge.