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What are Domains

One of the most essential prerequisites for building a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will perceive first when they visit your web site and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain typically contains two parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you choose the domain you want. Your choice should depend on the purpose of your site and on its target visitors. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names aimed to denote a particular function - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given professions), etc. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should select the one that would show the aim of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra procedures to demonstrate that you are eligible to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Redirects

You can register a bunch of domain names, which can send your visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the possibility of someone snatching your web site visitors by using the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can substitute the DNSs of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and stumble upon decent website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present provider's NSs immediately.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a particular set of name servers, all its records will direct to the same website hosting supplier. Some website hosting companies, though, enable you to edit specific domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which shows on which hosting server your web page is situated, whereas the MX records indicate which web hosting server handles the electronic mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web page designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to alter only 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 hosting server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and requests a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux server would be way more stable.

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