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Domain Names Defined

One of the most vital requirements for creating a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will note first when they discover your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule is composed of two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are several categories of TLDs that you should consider before you select the domain name you want. Your choice should be based on the purpose of your website and on its target visitors. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domains intended to express a particular function - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would explain the purpose of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra requirements to verify that you qualify to keep such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a specific country. Many individuals would prefer to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register several domains, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a certain web site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the probability of someone pinching your site visitors by using the same name with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can replace the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting packages someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present company's NSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular pair of name servers, all its domain name server records will point to the same website hosting distributor. Some website hosting distributors, though, allow you to edit certain domain name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which specifies on which web hosting server your website is hosted, whereas the MX records designate which hosting server handles the mail aliases associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web site designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be situated on his personal Windows web server, you may wish to change just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mail box accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be far more stable.

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