One of the most vital preconditions for having a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will see first when they come across your web page and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.
Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
A domain name usually has 2 parts - 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. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate before you choose the domain name you desire. Your pick should depend on the goal of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains intended to express a given purpose - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would describe the objective of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional steps to ascertain that you are eligible to keep such a Top-Level Domain (.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. Choosing such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a given country. Many guys would want to buy commodities or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your website.
Domain Name Redirection
You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can forward your website's visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and reduce the risk of someone pilfering your website visitors by using the same name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.
Name Servers (NSs)
Every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) demonstrate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can alter the NSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and come across good website hosting services somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present company's DNSs instantly.
Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)
In general, as long as your domain uses a particular set of DNSs, all its NS records will lead to the same website hosting provider. Some web hosting vendors, however, enable you to modify given DNS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which reveals on which web hosting server your website is located, while the MX records display which hosting server handles the email address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new website designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be situated on his private Windows web hosting server, you may wish to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux server would be far more secure.
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Only a number of web hosting providers allow you to edit certain domain records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have a wide selection of TLDs to select from and you can edit all domain name records or forward the domains via a redirection tool at no added charge.