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Domains Defined

One of the most essential requirements for having a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will perceive first when they come across your site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name usually is composed of two components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to choosing the domain name you desire. Your choice should depend on the purpose of your website and on its target visitors. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common TLDs aimed to indicate a specific function - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would portray the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional procedures to show that you qualify to have such a Top-Level Domain (.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. Getting such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would rather purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your website.

URL Redirection

You can register different TLDs, which can redirect your website's visitors to a certain website such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone swiping your website visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can alter the NSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the present provider's name servers instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific pair of DNSs, all its domain name server records will point to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting providers, however, enable you to edit given DNS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which discloses on which web server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records designate which web server handles the e-mailbox accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web page designer and he build an .ASP web site that will be situated on his private Windows server, you may desire to edit just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your mails or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web server, even though a Linux web server would be way more secure.

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Only a number of web hosting providers enable you to edit specific domain name records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a large assortment of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all domain name records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no additional cost.