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Domains Defined

One of the most vital prerequisites for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will mark first when they visit your website and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name typically has two constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you pick the domain name you wish. Your pick should depend on the purpose of your site and on its target viewers. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains aimed to denote a given intention - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational web sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would signify the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional requirements to show that you are eligible to keep such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a certain country. Many individuals would prefer to buy goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, settling on a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your site.

URL Redirection

You can register different TLDs, which can send your website's visitors to a certain site such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the possibility of somebody pinching your site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) indicate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can change the DNSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current company's name servers right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a given pair of DNSs, all its records will direct to the same website hosting firm. Some web hosting companies, however, enable you to edit specific records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which web hosting server your web site is hosted, whereas the MX records disclose which web hosting server handles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web designer and he constructs an .ASP website that will be situated on his own Windows web hosting server, you may want to modify solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, although a Linux server would be way more stable.

Moderately Priced Top-Level Domain Names Courtesy of 'Cachaii Inc.'

Just a few web hosting providers enable you to modify particular records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a huge array of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can modify all DNS records or forward the domains using a forwarding tool at no additional cost.