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Domain Names Explained

One of the most essential preconditions for creating a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will notice first when they stumble upon your web page and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain name traditionally consists of 2 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 SLD. It would help if you contemplated a couple of sets of Top-Level Domain Names before selecting the domain name you wish. Your selection should depend on the goal of your site and its target audience. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains intended to designate a specific intention - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would best describe your site's purpose. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve different procedures to prove that you are eligible to have such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target site visitors are from a given country. Many folks would sooner buy commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirects

You can register different Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your site's visitors to a specific web page, such as This would increase the traffic and reduce the likelihood of somebody swiping your website visitors by registering the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted. In other words they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can replace the DNSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and come across good website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's DNSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain pair of name servers, all its DNS records will point to the same hosting firm. Some web hosting firms, though, enable you to modify certain domain name records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address that reveals which web hosting server your web page is situated on. In contrast, the MX records specify which web hosting server handles the email accounts related to your domain name. For example, suppose you engage a new website designer, and he creates an ASP web page that will be situated on his personal Windows hosting server. In that case, you may wish to alter solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, will point to the Windows hosting server, but your emails or sub-domains such as or will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. MICROSOFT DEVISED the ASP environment and demanded a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux hosting server would be way more secure.

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Only a few webs hosting distributors allow you to modify particular name server records, and quite often, this is an extra paid service. With us, you get an immense selection of Top-Level Domain Names to select from, and you can modify all domain name records or forward the domain names through a forwarding tool at no added cost.