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Domains Explained

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule is composed of 2 constituents - 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. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you choose the domain you wish. Your decision should rest on the goal of your site and on its target visitors. Let's have a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names aimed to signify a given purpose - .com (commercial organizations), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (certain professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most realms of life, so you should select the one that would explain the aim of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional requirements to verify that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Redirects

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can redirect your website's visitors to a particular web site like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the possibility of someone pinching your visitors by using the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can replace the DNSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting packages someplace else later, you can point your domain to the new provider's NSs straight away.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of NSs, all its domain name records will point to the same website hosting supplier. Some web hosting suppliers, however, enable you to modify specific DNS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which server your web site is located, while the MX records reveal which server handles the e-mailbox accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new site designer and he sets up an .ASP site that will be hosted on his private Windows server, you may wish to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your email mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, even though a Linux web server would be far more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting distributors allow you to edit certain domain records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get an immense collection of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can modify all domain name server records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no additional cost.