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What are Domain Names

One of the most essential prerequisites for running a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will note first when they visit your web site 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.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically has two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should examine before you select the domain name you desire. Your selection should depend on the intention of your website and on its target audience. Let's scrutinize the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to denote a specific purpose - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would explain the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional steps to prove that you qualify to possess such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain name is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a given country. Many persons would rather purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Forwarding

You can register different Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the risk of someone snatching your visitors by using the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can alter the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and discover good website hosting plans someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present company's NSs immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a specific set of DNSs, all its domain name records will direct to the same web hosting provider. Some web hosting providers, however, enable you to modify certain domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which displays on which web hosting server your web site is hosted, whereas the MX records reveal which web server tackles the e-mail aliases associated with your domain name. For example, if you hire a new website designer and he sets up an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his own Windows server, you may want to change solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your email boxes or any sub-domains like 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 hosting server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more stable.

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Just a few web hosting providers enable you to modify particular DNS records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get an enormous selection of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all name server records or forward the domain names through a redirection tool at no extra cost.