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Domains Explained

One of the most crucial prerequisites for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will mark first when they stumble upon your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically consists of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to selecting the domain name you want. Your decision should be based on the purpose of your web page and on its target viewers. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs meant to show a particular function - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should pick the one that would illustrate the intention of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional procedures to demonstrate that you are eligible to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a specific country. Many individuals would want to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web site.

URL Redirection

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a given site such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and lower the probability of somebody pilfering your site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can change the DNSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and stumble upon good website hosting packages someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new provider's DNSs straight away.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific pair of NSs, all its DNS records will point to the same website hosting vendor. Some web hosting distributors, though, enable you to edit given domain name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which exhibits on which hosting server your website is located, whereas the MX records disclose which web hosting server handles the e-mail addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new site designer and he designs an .ASP web site that will be situated on his own Windows web hosting server, you may desire to alter only 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 web server, but your e-mailbox accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting providers permit you to modify specific NS records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you have a huge collection of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all domain records or forward the domain names through a redirection tool at no extra cost.