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Domains Explained

One of the most crucial requirements for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will discern first when they stumble upon your web page and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain typically contains two fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".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 examine before you pick the domain you wish. Your pick should depend on the intention of your website and on its target viewers. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains intended to denote a specific function - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should settle on the one that would denote the aim of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include additional requirements to ascertain that you qualify to possess such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a given country. Many persons would elect to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

URL Redirection

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can forward your site's visitors to a particular web site such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and reduce the possibility of someone pinching your visitors by using the same name with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can replace the NSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and stumble upon decent website hosting plans someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the new provider's DNSs at once.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a particular set of DNSs, all its domain name records will point to the same web hosting supplier. Some web hosting distributors, though, enable you to modify specific DNS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which hosting server your web site is situated, whereas the MX records indicate which web server handles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web page designer and he devises an .ASP website that will be hosted on his own Windows server, you may desire to alter only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your e-mailbox accounts 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 environment is invented by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux server would be far more secure.

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Just a few web hosting suppliers permit you to modify particular DNS records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have an extensive variety of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can edit all records or forward the domain names through a redirection tool at no extra charge.