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Domains Explained

One of the most important preconditions for running a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will spot first when they visit your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain typically consists of two components - 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 SLD. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to selecting the domain you want. Your choice should be built upon the aim of your site and on its target visitors. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names intended to express a particular function - .com (commercial organizations), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should choose the one that would express the aim of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra requirements to show that you qualify to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

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

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your web page's visitors to a certain web site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the probability of someone swiping your web site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with another 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) exhibit where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can modify the NSs of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and find decent website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the current provider's name servers right away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain pair of NSs, all its NS records will point to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting providers, however, allow you to modify certain DNS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which discloses on which web hosting server your web page is located, whereas the MX records demonstrate which web server tackles the email address accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web page designer and he build an .ASP site that will be situated on his personal Windows web server, you may want to alter just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your email mailboxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is invented by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more secure.

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Just a few web hosting companies enable you to edit specific NS records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an immense variety of TLDs to select from and you can edit all domain records or redirect the domains through a redirection tool at no additional charge.


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