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Domain Names Defined

One of the most essential preconditions for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will note first when they visit your website and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain as a rule consists of two fragments - a Top-Level Domain (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 SLD. There are several groups of TLDs that you should consider prior to picking the domain you wish. Your selection should be built upon the intention of your web site and on its target audience. Let's investigate the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names aimed to express a specific function - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would signify the intention of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra steps to confirm that you qualify to keep such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many guys would sooner purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web page.

Domain Forwarding

You can register different domains, which can forward your visitors to a specific web site such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the possibility of someone stealing your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) reveal where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can switch the DNSs of your domain whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the present company's name servers right away.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain set of DNSs, all its name server records will lead to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting vendors, however, enable you to modify given DNS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which reveals on which server your website is hosted, whereas the MX records display which hosting server tackles the mail address accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web page designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be hosted on his personal Windows hosting server, you may wish to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be far more stable.

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