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Domains Explained

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain usually consists of 2 components - 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 Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you select the domain you want. Your choice should depend on the purpose of your web site and on its target audience. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread TLDs intended to signify a given function - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would show the purpose of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional procedures to verify that you are eligible to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a specific country. Many guys would sooner purchase goods or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

URL Redirects

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can send your site's visitors to a given website such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and lower the chance of somebody snatching your web page visitors by registering the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can replace the name servers of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and encounter good website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain to the current company's NSs straight away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a given pair of DNSs, all its name server records will lead to the same website hosting distributor. Some web hosting providers, however, allow you to modify given domain name records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which displays on which web hosting server your web site is hosted, while the MX records disclose which hosting server handles the email box accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you hire a new web designer and he creates an .ASP web page that will be located on his private Windows server, you may want to modify only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mails or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and requests a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be way more secure.

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Only a number of web hosting vendors permit you to edit certain NS records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a large assortment of TLDs to select from and you can edit all DNS records or redirect the domain names via a redirection tool at no added charge.