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What are Domains

One of the most important requirements for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will discern first when they come across your site and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain usually consists of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several sets of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate before you select the domain you wish. Your pick should be built upon the intention of your site and on its target visitors. Let's take a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names intended to denote a particular purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most realms of life, so you should settle on the one that would describe the purpose of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional steps to confirm that you qualify to have such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a given country. Many persons would elect to buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Forwarding

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your site's visitors to a particular web page such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone swiping your site visitors by registering the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can change the DNSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and encounter decent website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the current provider's name servers instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a particular pair of name servers, all its name server records will direct to the same hosting provider. Some web hosting distributors, however, enable you to modify certain records, like 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 web site is located, whereas the MX records indicate which hosting server tackles the email aliases associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new site designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his private Windows server, you may desire to modify solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your email accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, although a Linux server would be far more dependable.

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Only a number of web hosting vendors permit you to edit given NS records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a big array of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all name server records or redirect the domains using a redirection tool at no added charge.

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