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What are Domains

One of the most crucial requirements for creating a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will mark first when they come across your website and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain typically contains 2 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 and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should consider before you choose the domain you wish. Your decision should be based on the purpose of your site and on its target viewers. Let's have a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs intended to denote a particular function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would explain the aim of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra procedures to confirm that you qualify to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Redirection

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and lower the risk of someone swiping your web site visitors by using the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can change the name servers of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting packages someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current company's NSs instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a given pair of name servers, all its NS records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting vendors, though, allow you to edit given domain name records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which demonstrates on which server your web site is hosted, while the MX records disclose which web server handles the mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web site designer and he build an .ASP website that will be located on his own Windows server, you may wish to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your mail accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and requests a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be far more reliable.

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Just a number of web hosting distributors permit you to modify particular domain name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a huge collection of TLDs to select from and you can modify all NS records or redirect the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional charge.