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What are Domain Names

One of the most vital requirements for creating a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will discern first when they come across your site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule is composed of two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you select the domain name you desire. Your selection should depend on the intention of your site and on its target spectators. Let's have a peek at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains aimed to designate a specific function - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informational sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (particular professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would describe the aim of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra procedures to ascertain that you are eligible to have such a TLD (.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 Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a specific country. Many persons would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirects

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can send your website's visitors to a certain site such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and lower the risk of someone swiping your website visitors by registering the same name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using now. You can alter the name servers of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and stumble upon good website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a certain set of DNSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same hosting vendor. Some web hosting companies, however, permit you to modify given domain records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which web server your web page is situated, whereas the MX records specify which web hosting server tackles the email aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new site designer and he build an .ASP site that will be situated on his own Windows server, you may want to alter solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be way more secure.

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Just a few web hosting providers enable you to edit specific domain name server records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a vast variety of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domain names through a forwarding tool at no added cost.