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Domains Explained

One of the most crucial preconditions for running a successful web presence is the domain. It is what people will spot first when they discover your website and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web page's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule consists of two constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to choosing the domain you wish. Your selection should be based on the goal of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's have a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to show a specific intention - .com (commercial entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would explain the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra requirements to verify that you qualify to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a given country. Many persons would rather purchase goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can send your website's visitors to a particular web page such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and lower the probability of someone snatching your web page visitors by registering the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) specify where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can swap the name servers of your domain name at any time. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the current company's DNSs instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a certain set of name servers, all its domain name server records will lead to the same web hosting vendor. Some website hosting vendors, however, permit you to edit given domain records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which shows on which web server your website is situated, whereas the MX records disclose which web hosting server handles the email box accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you hire a new website designer and he build an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web server, you may desire to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your e-mailboxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is developed by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be far more stable.

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Only a number of web hosting providers enable you to modify given domain name server records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an extensive selection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can edit all records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no extra charge.