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What are Domain Names

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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name as a rule is composed of two fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you want. Your selection should depend on the aim of your web page and on its target audience. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to express a specific function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informational web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most fields of life, so you should select the one that would indicate the aim of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional procedures to show that you qualify to have such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

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. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would elect to purchase goods or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for example, getting a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web page.

URL Forwarding

You can register different domain names, which can send your web site's visitors to a specific site like, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the chance of someone snatching your website visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) indicate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at present. You can modify the NSs of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one firm 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 later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's DNSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a given pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will point to the same web hosting distributor. Some website hosting suppliers, though, enable you to modify certain NS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which hosting server your web page is located, while the MX records show which web server tackles the email accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web designer and he develops an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his private Windows web server, you may wish to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your mail address accounts or any sub-domains like or will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and demands a Windows web server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more dependable.

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Only a few web hosting providers allow you to modify given domain name records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get an extensive selection of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can edit all domain name server records or forward the domain names through a forwarding tool at no extra cost.