Domains Explained

Domains Explained

One of the most vital prerequisites for running a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will observe first when they discover your web page and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain traditionally consists of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you select the domain you want. Your selection should be built upon the aim of your web site and on its target audience. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs intended to show a given purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should select the one that would designate the objective of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra requirements to prove that you are eligible to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a given country. Many folks would sooner buy goods or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register different domains, which can redirect your site's visitors to a certain web site like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the chance of someone snatching your web site visitors by registering the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can swap the DNSs of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and encounter good website hosting solutions somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new company's NSs instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a given set of name servers, all its records will lead to the same web hosting distributor. Some website hosting firms, however, enable you to modify given NS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which designates on which hosting server your web site is hosted, whereas the MX records demonstrate which web server handles the e-mail address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web page designer and he build an .ASP web page that will be located on his private Windows hosting server, you may want to edit just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mails or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, even though a Linux server would be way more reliable.

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Only a few web hosting providers allow you to modify given domain records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have a large collection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can modify all name server records or redirect the domain names via a redirection tool at no added cost.