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Domains Defined

One of the most crucial prerequisites for setting up a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will spot first when they chance upon your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your website's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name typically has 2 components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to selecting the domain name you wish. Your pick should depend on the aim of your website and on its target spectators. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domains meant to indicate a specific function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would show the intention of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra steps to prove that you are eligible to have such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a given country. Many persons would want to buy commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your site.

URL Redirection

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your website's visitors to a certain website like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the risk of someone snatching your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can switch the name servers of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and stumble upon decent website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new company's DNSs instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a particular pair of name servers, all its domain records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting suppliers, though, enable you to modify specific domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which server your web site is hosted, while the MX records reveal which hosting server handles the email accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web designer and he creates an .ASP site that will be situated on his personal Windows server, you may want to change just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your e-mail address accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more reliable.

Reasonably Priced Domain Names Courtesy of 'Cloud Host Shop'

Just a few web hosting suppliers enable you to edit specific NS records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have an enormous variety of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can edit all domain name server records or redirect the domains using a redirection tool at no extra charge.