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What are Domains

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain usually is composed of two 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 Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should contemplate before you pick the domain you want. Your selection should depend on the intention of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's take a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains meant to indicate a specific purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would illustrate the aim of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra procedures to demonstrate that you qualify to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many people would like to purchase goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, registering a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web site.

Domain Redirects

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your visitors to a certain web site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the likelihood of somebody pilfering your site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) specify where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using now. You can modify the NSs of your domain name whenever you want. 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 name and come across decent website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the current provider's DNSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a given pair of NSs, all its domain records will point to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting vendors, however, permit you to edit specific domain name records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which web server your web page is situated, while the MX records demonstrate which server tackles the mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new site designer and he devises an .ASP web site that will be situated on his own Windows web server, you may desire to edit only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your email accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux server would be way more reliable.

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Only a number of web hosting companies allow you to edit particular NS records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have an immense variety of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can edit all domain records or redirect the domains via a redirection tool at no extra charge.