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Domains Explained

One of the most vital prerequisites for establishing a successful web presence is the domain. It is what people will observe first when they come across your web site and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain traditionally is composed of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you choose the domain you want. Your selection should be based on the intention of your web page and on its target audience. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs aimed to signify a specific intention - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (certain walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would illustrate the aim of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include additional steps to confirm that you are eligible to possess such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a given country. Many people would like to buy goods or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for example, registering a .ca domain could boost the visits to your site.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register several TLDs, which can forward your website's visitors to a certain website like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the probability of somebody swiping your web page visitors by using the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) demonstrate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can alter the DNSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting services somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the new provider's name servers instantly.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a given set of NSs, all its domain records will lead to the same website hosting firm. Some web hosting companies, though, enable you to modify given NS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which displays on which server your web site is located, whereas the MX records show which hosting server tackles the e-mail address accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new site designer and he devises an .ASP website that will be accommodated on his private Windows web hosting server, you may wish to modify only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names such as 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 requires a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more stable.

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Only a few web hosting distributors permit you to edit certain domain name records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you have a vast collection of TLDs to select from and you can edit all records or redirect the domains through a forwarding tool at no extra cost.