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What are Domains

One of the most vital prerequisites for creating a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will mark first when they visit your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

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A domain usually is composed of 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you choose the domain you want. Your choice should be built upon the aim of your web page and on its target visitors. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names meant to express a specific purpose - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web pages), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (given professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would express the purpose of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain extra steps to ascertain that you qualify to keep such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a certain country. Many visitors would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Forwarding

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a certain site like, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the risk of someone swiping your website visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can replace the DNSs of your domain whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and encounter good website hosting solutions someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs right away.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a particular pair of DNSs, all its records will point to the same website hosting company. Some web hosting providers, however, allow you to edit specific records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records designate which web server tackles the mail addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web designer and he build an .ASP site that will be situated on his own Windows web server, you may wish to modify only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your email mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names such as or will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more secure.

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Just a number of web hosting vendors allow you to modify certain domain name records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you get a huge array of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all NS records or redirect the domains through a forwarding tool at no extra charge.