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What are Domain Names

One of the most vital requirements for having a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will notice first when they chance upon 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 website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule contains two fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (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. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine prior to choosing the domain name you desire. Your decision should depend on the goal of your web site and on its target audience. Let's have a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs meant to show a specific intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most fields of life, so you should choose the one that would express the objective of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra steps to verify that you are eligible to keep such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Redirection

You can register a number of Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your web site's visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody pinching your web page visitors by registering the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can switch the NSs of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting services someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the current company's NSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a given pair of NSs, all its DNS records will lead to the same website hosting vendor. Some website hosting firms, however, allow you to edit certain domain 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 server your web site is hosted, while the MX records designate which web hosting server tackles the electronic mail accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be located on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to change just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mail box 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 created by Microsoft and requests a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more stable.

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Just a few web hosting companies permit you to edit specific name server records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get an enormous collection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can modify all DNS records or redirect the domains using a redirection tool at no added charge.