What are Domains
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What are Domains

One of the most important requirements for establishing a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will spot first when they stumble upon your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain typically contains 2 fragments - 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 sets of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you pick the domain you wish. Your selection should depend on the purpose of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names intended to indicate a specific function - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative resources), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should pick the one that would describe the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional steps to show that you qualify to keep such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web page's visitors to a specific website like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and lower the possibility of somebody pinching your visitors by using the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can alter the name servers of your domain name at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting services somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a certain set of DNSs, all its DNS records will lead to the same web hosting distributor. Some web hosting companies, however, enable you to edit given domain name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which discloses on which web server your website is situated, whereas the MX records reveal which server tackles the e-mail addresses associated with your domain name. For example, if you hire a new website designer and he build an .ASP site that will be located on his personal Windows server, you may desire to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows hosting server, although a Linux server would be far more dependable.

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Only a small number of web hosting suppliers allow you to modify certain domain name records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a huge selection of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all DNS records or forward the domains using a forwarding tool at no additional cost.