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What are Domain Names

One of the most vital requirements for having a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will mark first when they discover your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name traditionally consists of 2 fragments - 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 categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate before you choose the domain name you want. Your decision should depend on the purpose of your website and on its target audience. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains meant to designate a given purpose - .com (commercial organizations), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should select the one that would illustrate the purpose of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to have such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Redirection

You can register a bunch of domain names, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a certain web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and decrease the possibility of someone swiping your site visitors by using the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can swap the NSs of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and encounter decent website hosting services somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current company's name servers instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a given pair of DNSs, all its DNS records will point to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting firms, however, permit you to modify specific domain name records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which web hosting server your site is situated, whereas the MX records disclose which hosting server tackles the e-mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you hire a new website designer and he designs an .ASP web site that will be situated on his personal Windows hosting server, you may wish to edit only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your email accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux server would be far more reliable.

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Only a few web hosting suppliers allow you to modify given domain records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an enormous array of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domains using a forwarding tool at no additional cost.