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What are Domain Names

One of the most vital prerequisites for having a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will spot first when they stumble upon your website and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

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A domain name typically has two 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 Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain name you desire. Your choice should be based on the aim of your website and on its target spectators. Let's have a glance at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names aimed to denote a specific purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web pages), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (certain professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should select the one that would indicate the intention of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra steps to show that you qualify to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific 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 individuals would elect to purchase goods or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a particular web page like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the chance of somebody snatching your web page visitors by registering the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can substitute the NSs of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the new company's name servers right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a given set of NSs, all its name server records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting suppliers, though, allow you to modify given records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which designates on which web server your web site is situated, whereas the MX records indicate which web server tackles the e-mail aliases associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web page designer and he designs an .ASP web site that will be located on his personal Windows web server, you may wish to modify just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your e-mails 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 invented by Microsoft and requests a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more stable.

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Just a number of web hosting distributors enable you to modify specific NS records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get a large assortment of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all NS records or forward the domains via a redirection tool at no added charge.