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What are Domains

One of the most crucial preconditions for establishing a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will observe first when they chance upon your web site and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web page's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain traditionally has 2 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 Name. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you select the domain you want. Your choice should be built upon the goal of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domains intended to designate a particular purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informative sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would depict the intention of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra requirements to prove that you qualify to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of website visitors is from a given country. Many guys would like to buy commodities or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a number of domains, which can forward your website's visitors to a particular site like, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the chance of someone stealing your visitors by registering the same name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can swap the NSs of your domain name at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and find decent website hosting plans somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present provider's name servers at once.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a particular set of NSs, all its domain name server records will lead to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting vendors, though, enable you to modify given name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which discloses on which hosting server your web site is situated, whereas the MX records reveal which server tackles the mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new site designer and he build an .ASP website that will be located on his personal Windows server, you may want to change solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as or will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, even though a Linux web server would be way more reliable.

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Just a few web hosting companies permit you to modify particular domain name records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a vast selection of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all domain records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no additional charge.

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