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What are Domains

One of the most vital prerequisites for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will discern 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 informs your website's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain usually consists of 2 parts - 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. There are a couple of categories of TLDs that you should contemplate prior to selecting the domain you want. Your choice should depend on the aim of your web page and on its target viewers. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names meant to signify a given purpose - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would portray the objective of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra steps to demonstrate that you qualify to have such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would sooner purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Forwarding

You can register a bunch of domains, which can redirect your visitors to a certain web page like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the risk of somebody pilfering your site visitors by using the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at present. You can swap the NSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and discover decent website hosting plans someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new provider's NSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular pair of DNSs, all its name server records will point to the same web hosting vendor. Some web hosting firms, though, permit you to modify given name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which discloses on which hosting server your website is hosted, while the MX records indicate which web hosting server tackles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web site designer and he designs an .ASP website that will be hosted on his private Windows hosting server, you may desire to modify 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 web hosting server, but your e-mailboxes or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux server would be far more reliable.

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Only a few web hosting distributors permit you to modify specific domain name server records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a wide array of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can edit all domain records or forward the domain names using a forwarding tool at no additional cost.