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Domains Explained

One of the most vital preconditions for running a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will observe first when they come across your website and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain traditionally contains 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are several categories of TLDs that you should examine prior to choosing the domain you wish. Your decision should be built upon the intention of your web page and on its target viewers. Let's have a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names intended to show a specific purpose - .com (business entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informational web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should select the one that would depict the aim of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra requirements to show that you are eligible to keep such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a specific country. Many individuals would rather purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for example, getting a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a number of domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a given web site such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and lower the likelihood of somebody pilfering your visitors by using the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) reveal where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can switch the name servers of your domain whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and discover good website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new provider's name servers straight off.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a particular set of NSs, all its domain records will direct to the same hosting company. Some web hosting companies, though, permit you to modify given domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which demonstrates on which server your site is located, whereas the MX records disclose which web hosting server tackles the mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web designer and he build an .ASP site that will be located on his personal Windows hosting server, you may wish to change only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your email boxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is devised by Microsoft and demands a Windows web server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more stable.

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Just a small number of web hosting companies permit you to edit particular records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a vast assortment of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all records or redirect the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional cost.