Domain Names Defined
One of the most essential requirements for having a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will notice first when they stumble upon your website and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the site is about.
Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
A domain as a rule contains 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain (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 a few sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain you want. Your pick should be based on the goal of your web page and on its target audience. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to signify a particular purpose - .com (commercial entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informative sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most spheres of life, so you should settle on the one that would denote the objective of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra steps to verify that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).
Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)
The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many people would like to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.
You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a certain website like domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and lower the probability of somebody pilfering your web page visitors by using the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.
Name Servers (NSs)
Each and every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. 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 hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new company's name servers instantaneously.
Domain Server Records (NS Records)
In general, as long as your domain uses a specific set of name servers, all its name server records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting vendors, though, enable you to edit certain name server records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which designates on which server your web site is located, while the MX records indicate which web server tackles the mailbox accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web site designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his personal Windows server, you may want to change solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web 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 web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more secure.
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Just a number of web hosting vendors enable you to edit specific records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get a large collection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can edit all NS records or redirect the domains through a redirection tool at no extra cost.