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What are Domains

One of the most essential requirements for setting up a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will notice first when they stumble upon your web page and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain typically consists of two parts - 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 Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain you want. Your selection should be based on the intention of your website and on its target audience. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to denote a particular intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most spheres of life, so you should go for the one that would express the purpose of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional procedures to verify that you are eligible to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

URL Redirects

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can forward your website's visitors to a particular website like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the risk of somebody snatching your website visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can alter the NSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and detect decent website hosting solutions someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the current provider's DNSs straight away.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a specific set of DNSs, all its DNS records will lead to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting vendors, though, enable you to modify specific domain name records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which reveals on which web server your website is located, while the MX records display which web server tackles the e-mail aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web designer and he designs an .ASP web site that will be situated 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 direct to the Windows web server, but your email mailbox accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and requests a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux server would be far more dependable.

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Just a number of web hosting companies allow you to modify particular domain name records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have an extensive array of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all DNS records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional charge.