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What are Domain Names

One of the most vital requirements for setting up a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will discern first when they stumble upon your site and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the web page is about.

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A domain name traditionally has 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (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 groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to choosing the domain name you wish. Your selection should be built upon the intention of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's have a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs aimed to designate a given intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should select the one that would express the purpose of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra requirements to confirm that you are eligible to own such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register a number of Top-Level Domain Names, which can redirect your visitors to a particular web page like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the possibility of someone pinching your website visitors by using the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) indicate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can replace the NSs of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and encounter good website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the present provider's DNSs right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a certain pair of name servers, all its name server records will point to the same web hosting supplier. Some website hosting companies, however, permit you to modify specific NS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which shows on which web server your website is located, whereas the MX records demonstrate which web hosting server handles the mail addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new website designer and he creates an .ASP web page that will be situated on his own Windows web server, you may wish to change just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your email box accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web server would be way more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting companies permit you to modify given name server records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a huge assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all records or forward the domains via a forwarding tool at no additional cost.