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What are Domains

One of the most vital preconditions for creating a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will mark first when they chance upon your site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web page's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain usually 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 Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should consider before you pick the domain you want. Your selection should rest on the intention of your web page and on its target viewers. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common TLDs meant to show a specific purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most spheres of life, so you should settle on the one that would express the intention of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra steps to prove that you qualify to keep such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would like to purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, getting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can send your site's visitors to a given web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the possibility of somebody pinching your visitors by using the same name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) specify where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can change the name servers of your domain at any time. 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 and find good website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the new provider's DNSs instantly.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a specific pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same website hosting distributor. Some hosting vendors, however, permit you to edit certain domain records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which exhibits on which server your site is hosted, whereas the MX records designate which web server tackles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new site designer and he devises an .ASP website that will be located on his personal Windows hosting server, you may desire to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mail address accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is invented by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be way more reliable.

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Only a number of web hosting providers permit you to modify specific domain name records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a vast array of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can edit all records or redirect the domains via a redirection tool at no added cost.