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What are Domains

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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain usually is composed of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider before you select the domain you wish. Your selection should rest on the aim of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular TLDs aimed to indicate a given purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informative web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would illustrate the aim of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain extra steps to confirm that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a certain country. Many people would want to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for instance, settling on a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Redirection

You can register several Top-Level Domain Names, which can redirect your visitors to a given site such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the chance of someone swiping your visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) demonstrate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can alter the name servers of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the new company's name servers right away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a specific pair of NSs, all its DNS records will lead to the same web hosting supplier. Some web hosting firms, however, allow you to modify given DNS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which server your site is located, while the MX records disclose which hosting server handles the email address accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web page designer and he sets up an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his own Windows web hosting server, you may wish to alter just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is developed by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, even though a Linux web server would be way more stable.

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Only a small number of web hosting providers allow you to modify specific DNS records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a large assortment of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no added charge.