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What are Domain Names

One of the most essential prerequisites for running a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will note first when they stumble upon your web page and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name traditionally contains 2 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 several groups of TLDs that you should contemplate before you select the domain name you desire. Your choice should depend on the intention of your website and on its target viewers. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains meant to indicate a specific intention - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should select the one that would denote the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra procedures to prove that you qualify to have such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a given country. Many people would elect to buy goods or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, settling on a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a number of domains, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a specific web site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the likelihood of someone stealing your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can alter the NSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and come across good website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new provider's DNSs instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a specific pair of NSs, all its records will direct to the same website hosting company. Some web hosting suppliers, however, enable you to edit given NS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which hosting server your site is hosted, while the MX records reveal which web hosting server tackles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web designer and he designs an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his private Windows server, you may desire to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domains such as 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 requests a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more secure.

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Only a number of web hosting distributors allow you to edit certain name server records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get an extensive assortment of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all domain records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no extra cost.


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