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What are Domains

One of the most crucial preconditions for having a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will see first when they discover your website and what they will relate you with. The domain 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 usually consists of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to picking the domain you desire. Your choice should be built upon the goal of your website and on its target audience. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names aimed to designate a particular purpose - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would describe the aim of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra steps to demonstrate that you are eligible to keep such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many people would want to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca domain could boost the visits to your site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a number of domains, which can forward your site's visitors to a given site like, for example. This would increase the traffic and lower the chance of someone stealing your web site visitors by using the same name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can change the NSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the new company's NSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a specific pair of DNSs, all its domain name server records will point to the same web hosting vendor. Some website hosting suppliers, though, allow you to modify specific NS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which designates on which server your web page is situated, while the MX records exhibit which hosting server tackles the mail address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new website designer and he build an .ASP site that will be hosted on his own Windows web server, you may wish to alter just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mail boxes or any sub-domain names such as or will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more reliable.

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Just a number of web hosting distributors permit you to modify specific NS records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an enormous variety of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all domain name records or redirect the domain names through a forwarding tool at no extra cost.