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Domain Names Explained

One of the most crucial prerequisites for having a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will see first when they chance upon your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically consists of two fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain name you want. Your selection should rest on the purpose of your site and on its target viewers. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains intended to show a specific purpose - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should go for the one that would signify the aim of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra procedures to verify that you qualify to own such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific 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 specific country. Many persons would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your goal is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Forwarding

You can register different TLDs, which can send your website's visitors to a certain website like, for instance. This would increase the traffic and lower the possibility of somebody snatching your site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can substitute the DNSs of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and come across good website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new company's DNSs instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a given pair of DNSs, all its records will point to the same website hosting company. Some web hosting suppliers, though, enable you to edit specific records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which reveals on which hosting server your web site is situated, whereas the MX records indicate which server tackles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web designer and he develops an .ASP website that will be situated on his own Windows web hosting server, you may want to modify just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domains like or will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and requests a Windows web server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting vendors enable you to edit particular domain name records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you have a huge array of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all NS records or redirect the domains using a redirection tool at no additional cost.