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What are Domain Names

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule has 2 constituents - 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. There are a few groups of TLDs that you should examine before you pick the domain name you desire. Your choice should be based on the aim of your site and on its target audience. Let's take a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common TLDs aimed to designate a given intention - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would denote the objective of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra requirements to prove that you qualify to own such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a specific country. Many visitors would prefer to buy goods or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, getting a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your website.

URL Redirection

You can register several domain names, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a certain web page such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the chance of someone pinching your web page visitors by registering the same name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can swap the NSs of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and stumble upon good website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the new company's name servers instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of name servers, all its domain records will direct to the same hosting vendor. Some web hosting vendors, though, enable you to modify certain NS records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which web hosting server your web site is hosted, while the MX records designate which server tackles the e-mail aliases associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new website designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be hosted on his personal Windows hosting server, you may wish to modify just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your mail 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 created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, although a Linux web server would be way more secure.

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Only a few web hosting companies permit you to modify specific records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a wide collection of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can modify all name server records or redirect the domains using a redirection tool at no additional charge.