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Domains Defined

One of the most crucial prerequisites for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what people will discern first when they visit your web page and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your website's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule has 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several sets of TLDs that you should examine before you select the domain name you wish. Your choice should depend on the aim of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names intended to express a specific intention - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative websites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should settle on the one that would describe the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional steps to confirm that you qualify to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many visitors would want to purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your site.

URL Forwarding

You can register different domain names, which can forward your web site's visitors to a certain website such as domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the probability of someone pilfering your website visitors by using the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can swap the DNSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the new provider's DNSs at once.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a particular pair of NSs, all its name server records will point to the same web hosting provider. Some web hosting vendors, however, permit you to edit specific name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which web hosting server your site is hosted, while the MX records show which hosting server handles the e-mail addresses associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new website designer and he designs an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may want to alter just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your mailbox accounts 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 designed by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more stable.

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