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Domains Explained

One of the most crucial preconditions for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will note first when they stumble upon your web site and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain usually contains 2 components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are several groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you select the domain you desire. Your selection should depend on the intention of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains aimed to signify a particular intention - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would designate the intention of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra procedures to show that you are eligible to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Forwarding

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can send your visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the possibility of someone pinching your site visitors by registering the same name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) display where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can switch the DNSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and detect decent website hosting packages somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present company's name servers at once.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a specific set of name servers, all its DNS records will direct to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting companies, though, permit you to edit specific name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which displays on which web hosting server your site is hosted, whereas the MX records designate which server tackles the email box accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you hire a new web page designer and he sets up an .ASP site that will be hosted on his private Windows web server, you may wish to alter solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting distributors allow you to edit specific DNS records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get a big array of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all DNS records or redirect the domain names through a forwarding tool at no extra charge.