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What are Domains

One of the most vital prerequisites for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will perceive first when they come across your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule consists of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are several sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider prior to selecting the domain you desire. Your decision should depend on the goal of your site and on its target visitors. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names aimed to show a given function - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would signify the intention of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional procedures to demonstrate that you are eligible to have such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would prefer to buy commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca domain could boost the visits to your website.

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of domains, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a certain site such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and decrease the possibility of someone stealing your web site visitors by registering the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain 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 hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can alter the NSs of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and detect decent website hosting packages someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current provider's NSs at once.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a particular set of DNSs, all its records will direct to the same web hosting vendor. Some website hosting companies, though, enable you to modify specific DNS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which demonstrates on which web hosting server your web site is hosted, whereas the MX records disclose which web server tackles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web page designer and he develops an .ASP web site that will be located on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may wish to edit solely the IP 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 e-mailbox accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more stable.

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Just a few web hosting providers allow you to edit particular domain name server records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get a huge assortment of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can modify all NS records or redirect the domain names through a forwarding tool at no extra charge.

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