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Domain Names Explained

One of the most crucial prerequisites for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will see first when they visit your website and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically consists of 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you wish. Your pick should be built upon the goal of your web page and on its target audience. Let's have a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains meant to show a given purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would designate the intention of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to have such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a certain country. Many folks would prefer to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your site.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a number of TLDs, which can send your website's visitors to a particular website like, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the chance of somebody snatching your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can alter the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new provider's DNSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a given set of name servers, all its domain records will lead to the same web hosting distributor. Some website hosting distributors, however, allow you to modify given name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which shows on which server your website is located, whereas the MX records indicate which web hosting server handles the mail aliases associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web site designer and he constructs an .ASP website that will be hosted on his personal Windows hosting server, you may want to modify just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, will direct to the Windows web server, but your emails or any sub-domains such as or will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, even though a Linux web server would be far more secure.

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Only a number of web hosting suppliers allow you to modify given records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a huge selection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can edit all domain name server records or forward the domain names through a forwarding tool at no additional cost.