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What are Domains

One of the most important prerequisites for setting up a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will perceive first when they discover your website and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain traditionally contains two fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of groups of TLDs that you should contemplate before you choose the domain you wish. Your choice should be built upon the goal of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread TLDs aimed to signify a given function - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would portray the intention of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra steps to verify 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 TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a certain country. Many folks would elect to purchase goods or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain could boost the visits to your site.

URL Redirects

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can send your web site's visitors to a certain website such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the risk of someone pinching your web site visitors by using the same name with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) specify where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can switch the name servers of your domain at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and find good website hosting plans someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new company's name servers straight away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a given pair of name servers, all its records will point to the same web hosting distributor. Some website hosting firms, though, enable you to modify specific DNS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which designates on which web hosting server your site is located, whereas the MX records indicate which server tackles the electronic mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web site designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be situated on his own Windows web server, you may wish to modify solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your e-mailboxes or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP platform is invented by Microsoft and requires a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux server would be far more reliable.

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Just a small number of web hosting distributors allow you to edit certain DNS records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a huge assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all domain name server records or redirect the domains through a forwarding tool at no additional charge.