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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 visit your website and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain traditionally is composed of two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you choose the domain you want. Your decision should be based on the aim of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's have a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs intended to denote a particular intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (certain professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would signify the aim of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra steps to verify that you qualify to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Forwarding

You can register several domain names, which can send your web site's visitors to a specific web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and lower the possibility of somebody pinching your website visitors by using the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) specify where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can swap the name servers of your domain whenever you wish. 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 name and come across decent website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the current company's name servers instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a particular set of DNSs, all its NS records will lead to the same web hosting firm. Some hosting firms, though, permit you to modify certain name server records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which indicates on which web server your web site is hosted, while the MX records designate which web server handles the email addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web page designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be situated on his personal Windows server, you may wish to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your e-mail box accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting vendors enable you to edit certain NS records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a huge assortment of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domains using a forwarding tool at no extra cost.