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What are Domain Names

One of the most crucial preconditions for setting up a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will note first when they discover your site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name usually consists of two parts - 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 Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you select the domain name you desire. Your pick should be built upon the purpose of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names meant to indicate a particular intention - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most realms of life, so you should select the one that would indicate the purpose of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra procedures to verify that you are eligible to own such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many folks would sooner purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register different TLDs, which can send your site's visitors to a specific website such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the risk of someone pilfering your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can modify the NSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting plans someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the new provider's DNSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain pair of NSs, all its records will direct to the same web hosting distributor. Some web hosting distributors, though, allow you to modify specific name server 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 web hosting server your site is hosted, while the MX records exhibit which server tackles the email aliases associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web page designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web server, you may desire to modify only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your email accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and requires a Windows hosting server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more dependable.

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Just a few web hosting suppliers allow you to modify specific records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a huge selection of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all domain records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no additional charge.