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Domain Names Explained

One of the most crucial prerequisites for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will notice first when they visit your site and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain usually has two constituents - 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. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to choosing the domain you want. Your choice should be built upon the goal of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to designate a specific function - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would express the intention of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain extra procedures to ascertain 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 is good if your target group of website visitors is from a certain country. Many people would want to purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domain Names, which can forward your website's visitors to a certain web site like, for example. This would boost the traffic and lower the risk of somebody snatching your web page visitors by using the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can replace the DNSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and stumble upon good website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the new provider's NSs instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular set of name servers, all its records will direct to the same website hosting company. Some web hosting companies, however, enable you to edit specific domain records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which exhibits on which web server your website is situated, while the MX records display which web hosting server tackles the email addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web designer and he devises an .ASP web site that will be located on his personal Windows web server, you may desire to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, will point to the Windows server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domains like or will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is invented by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more stable.

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Only a small number of web hosting distributors enable you to edit given domain records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you get an immense array of TLDs to select from and you can edit all name server records or forward the domains through a redirection tool at no additional cost.