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Domains Defined

One of the most essential preconditions for setting up a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will notice first when they visit your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name usually contains two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are several groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider before you select the domain name you want. Your choice should be built upon the purpose of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains intended to denote a specific intention - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should pick the one that would portray the intention of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional steps to show that you are eligible to possess such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a certain country. Many people would want to buy commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, registering a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your website's visitors to a given site like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and lower the chance of somebody snatching your visitors by using the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can alter the name servers of your domain at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and come across good website hosting packages someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the new provider's NSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a certain set of NSs, all its records will direct to the same website hosting distributor. Some hosting providers, however, allow you to edit certain NS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which discloses on which web server your web page is situated, while the MX records demonstrate which web server handles the email address accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web site designer and he constructs an .ASP web site that will be situated on his personal Windows server, you may desire to edit only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and demands a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more stable.

Budget Top-Level Domains Offered by ''

Only a number of web hosting suppliers allow you to modify given domain records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get a huge array of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all domain records or forward the domain names via a redirection tool at no additional charge.