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What are Domains

One of the most essential preconditions for having a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will note first when they chance upon your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your web page's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain typically contains 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you pick the domain you want. Your selection should depend on the intention of your site and on its target viewers. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains intended to denote a given intention - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would express the aim of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional procedures to ascertain that you are eligible to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a given country. Many visitors would want to buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web page.

URL Redirection

You can register different Top-Level Domain Names, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a given web page like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the risk of somebody swiping your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) display where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can change the name servers of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and find decent website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the present provider's name servers straight off.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a certain set of name servers, all its NS records will direct to the same website hosting supplier. Some web hosting vendors, however, enable you to edit given domain name server records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which designates on which hosting server your website is situated, while the MX records show which web hosting server tackles the email address accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web designer and he designs an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his private Windows hosting server, you may want to change just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mailboxes 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 invented by Microsoft and requires a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be far more reliable.

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