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Domains Explained

One of the most essential requirements for running a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will observe first when they visit your web site and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name usually is composed of two parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you select the domain name you wish. Your pick should be based on the goal of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's take a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread TLDs intended to signify a specific function - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informational sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would indicate the objective of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional steps to demonstrate that you are eligible to possess such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain name is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a certain country. Many folks would rather purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirection

You can register different Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a certain website such as, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the probability of somebody snatching your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) indicate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can substitute the DNSs of your domain name 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 and discover decent website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's NSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific pair of name servers, all its DNS records will lead to the same website hosting provider. Some website hosting distributors, however, permit you to edit specific DNS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which details on which web hosting server your web site is hosted, whereas the MX records demonstrate which web hosting server tackles the e-mail addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new site designer and he sets up an .ASP website that will be located on his own Windows web server, you may desire to modify solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, will point to the Windows server, but your email boxes or any sub-domains such as or will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, although a Linux server would be far more dependable.

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Only a number of web hosting companies allow you to modify given NS records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you get an enormous collection of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all domain name records or forward the domains via a redirection tool at no extra charge.


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