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Domains Explained

One of the most crucial preconditions for having a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will discern first when they visit your web site and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name traditionally has two fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few groups of TLDs that you should contemplate before you select the domain name you want. Your pick should depend on the intention of your website and on its target viewers. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical TLDs intended to indicate a particular function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (given professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would show the objective of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra requirements to demonstrate that you are eligible to have such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would like to buy goods or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Redirects

You can register different TLDs, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a given web site such as, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the possibility of somebody pilfering your website visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can modify the name servers of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the new company's name servers straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a certain set of DNSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same web hosting supplier. Some hosting companies, however, allow you to modify given records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which server your website is located, while the MX records display which web server tackles the e-mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you engage a new site designer and he constructs an .ASP site that will be located on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may wish to change just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your mail accounts or any sub-domains like or will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more dependable.

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Just a number of web hosting suppliers permit you to edit particular NS records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a wide collection of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all name server records or redirect the domains via a redirection tool at no extra cost.