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Domains Explained

One of the most important prerequisites for creating a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will observe first when they stumble upon your site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically has 2 components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several groups of TLDs that you should consider prior to choosing the domain name you wish. Your decision should be based on the intention of your site and on its target audience. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical TLDs aimed to denote a given purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would illustrate the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra steps to demonstrate that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would want to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for example, getting a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

URL Redirection

You can register different TLDs, which can send your web page's visitors to a specific website like, for instance. This would raise the traffic and reduce the likelihood of somebody pilfering your web site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can change the name servers of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and find decent website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current provider's DNSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular set of NSs, all its records will lead to the same website hosting distributor. Some hosting vendors, though, permit you to edit given records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which reveals on which server your web site is situated, while the MX records show which server tackles the electronic mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be located on his private Windows web server, you may wish to change just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your email boxes or any sub-domains like or will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, although a Linux server would be way more reliable.

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Only a number of web hosting suppliers allow you to modify particular DNS records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a large selection of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all domain records or redirect the domain names through a forwarding tool at no extra cost.