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Domains Defined

One of the most crucial prerequisites for having a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will note first when they chance upon your site and what they will identify 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 Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally contains 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few groups of TLDs that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain you wish. Your choice should depend on the purpose of your website and on its target spectators. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs meant to show a specific function - .com (business enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informative resources), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would depict the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional steps to verify 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 TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain is good if your target group of website visitors is from a given country. Many visitors would rather buy commodities or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Forwarding

You can register different domains, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a certain web page like, for instance. This would increase the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody snatching your website visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) demonstrate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can modify the name servers of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and encounter decent website hosting plans somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the current company's DNSs straight away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular set of NSs, all its name server records will point to the same website hosting supplier. Some web hosting vendors, however, permit you to modify certain domain records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which web server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records indicate which server tackles the e-mail box accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web page designer and he devises an .ASP web site that will be located on his private Windows server, you may desire to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, will point to the Windows server, but your e-mailbox accounts or any sub-domains such as or will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more reliable.

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