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What are Domains

One of the most vital requirements for building a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will note first when they visit your site and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain traditionally consists of 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain you desire. Your selection should be built upon the intention of your web page and on its target audience. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common TLDs aimed to indicate a specific function - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative resources), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain professions), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should select the one that would explain the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include additional steps to demonstrate that you are eligible to keep such a Top-Level 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 TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a certain country. Many individuals would prefer to buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Redirects

You can register a number of domains, which can send your web site's visitors to a particular web site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the risk of someone snatching your web page visitors by registering the same SLD with a different TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can replace the DNSs of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current company's name servers instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a given set of name servers, all its domain records will point to the same website hosting company. Some web hosting distributors, though, allow you to modify given domain records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which details on which web server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records specify which web hosting server tackles the mail aliases related to 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 hosting server, you may desire to change 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 hosting server, but your email mailboxes or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and requests a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more reliable.

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Just a small number of web hosting distributors permit you to modify particular domain records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get an immense assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all NS records or forward the domain names via a forwarding tool at no extra charge.