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Domains Explained

One of the most essential prerequisites for setting up a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will perceive first when they discover your site and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain as a rule has two constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to selecting the domain you desire. Your decision should be based on the aim of your web page and on its target viewers. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs intended to signify a specific purpose - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should select the one that would denote the aim of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra procedures to prove that you are eligible to possess such a Top-Level Domain (.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. Settling on such a domain is good if your target group of website visitors is from a particular country. Many folks would prefer to purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register different domain names, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a particular website such as, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the probability of somebody stealing your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can change the name servers of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and stumble upon decent website hosting services somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the new company's name servers right away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a specific set of DNSs, all its NS records will point to the same website hosting company. Some web hosting firms, however, permit you to modify specific domain name records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which shows on which web server your website is located, while the MX records disclose which web server tackles the email aliases associated with your domain name. For example, if you hire a new site designer and he build an .ASP web site that will be situated on his own Windows server, you may wish to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domains like or will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is invented by Microsoft and requires a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux server would be far more secure.

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Just a number of web hosting companies enable you to modify certain domain name server records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you get an enormous collection of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all domain records or forward the domain names via a forwarding tool at no added charge.