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What are Domain Names

One of the most important prerequisites for running a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will discern first when they come across your website and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain name typically consists of two parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you wish. Your decision should be based on the purpose of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names meant to show a particular intention - .com (business entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (given professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would express the objective of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra requirements to show that you are eligible to have 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 Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would rather buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a specific web site such as, for instance. This would increase the traffic and decrease the possibility of someone stealing your web site visitors by using the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) indicate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can switch the DNSs of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting packages somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the new provider's NSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a specific pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same web hosting distributor. Some web hosting suppliers, however, enable you to edit certain domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which web server your site is situated, whereas the MX records disclose which web hosting server handles the e-mail address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his private Windows server, you may desire to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your email accounts or any sub-domains like or will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and requests a Windows web server, although a Linux web server would be far more dependable.

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Only a few web hosting companies allow you to modify specific DNS records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a huge selection of TLDs to select from and you can edit all domain name records or forward the domain names through a redirection tool at no added cost.