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Domains Explained

One of the most crucial requirements for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will discern first when they come across your web site and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically contains two fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few groups of TLDs that you should examine prior to choosing the domain name you want. Your pick should be based on the intention of your website and on its target audience. Let's have a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains intended to signify a specific function - .com (commercial entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should select the one that would designate the objective of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional steps to prove that you qualify to have such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a number of Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your visitors to a particular site like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the risk of somebody swiping your website visitors by registering the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can swap the name servers of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will lead to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting providers, however, enable you to edit certain 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 shows on which web hosting server your website is hosted, while the MX records reveal which server handles the email aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you hire a new web designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be hosted on his own Windows server, you may wish to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is invented by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more secure.

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Only a number of web hosting vendors allow you to modify certain name server records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a huge array of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all DNS records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no added cost.