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What are Domain Names

One of the most crucial requirements for setting up a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will observe first when they come across your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically is composed of two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine prior to picking the domain name you desire. Your decision should be built upon the purpose of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's have a glance at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains meant to indicate a specific purpose - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would depict the aim of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra procedures to prove that you qualify to have such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would elect to buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register different domain names, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the chance of someone pilfering your site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can substitute the name servers of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and find good website hosting services somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers at once.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a given pair of DNSs, all its NS records will lead to the same website hosting distributor. Some website hosting providers, however, allow you to edit certain domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which server your website is located, whereas the MX records specify which server tackles the e-mail address accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new site designer and he constructs an .ASP web page that will be situated on his personal Windows web server, you may want to alter solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mails or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more secure.

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Only a few web hosting providers enable you to edit specific records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you have an immense variety of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can edit all NS records or redirect the domains via a redirection tool at no extra charge.