What are Domains
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What are Domains

One of the most vital prerequisites for creating a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will perceive first when they discover your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain usually is composed of two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate before you pick the domain you want. Your pick should be based on the intention of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's scrutinize the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names meant to designate a particular intention - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would designate the objective of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional requirements to ascertain that you qualify to register such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can forward your web site's visitors to a specific web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the risk of somebody pilfering your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at present. You can alter the DNSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and discover decent website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new provider's DNSs straight away.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a certain pair of name servers, all its NS records will lead to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting vendors, though, permit you to edit given name server records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which web hosting server your web site is hosted, whereas the MX records disclose which web hosting server tackles the email addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new site designer and he build an .ASP website that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may want to edit just the Internet Protocol 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 electronic mail accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is invented by Microsoft and requests a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web server would be far more secure.

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Only a small number of web hosting suppliers enable you to modify certain name server records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a huge selection of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all domain records or forward the domain names via a redirection tool at no added cost.