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What are Domain Names

One of the most important requirements for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will perceive first when they come across your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule consists of two constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you desire. Your selection should depend on the goal of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's take a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains aimed to express a specific intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most spheres of life, so you should settle on the one that would signify the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional steps to confirm that you qualify to have such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a particular website such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone stealing your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can replace the DNSs of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and encounter decent website hosting packages somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the new company's name servers at once.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a certain set of DNSs, all its records will lead to the same website hosting distributor. Some website hosting providers, though, enable you to edit specific NS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which server your web page is located, while the MX records exhibit which web hosting server tackles the email aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new site designer and he develops an .ASP web site that will be located on his own Windows hosting server, you may wish to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, even though a Linux server would be far more dependable.

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Just a small number of web hosting companies allow you to edit given name server records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get an immense variety of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can edit all domain records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no additional charge.