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Domains Defined

One of the most vital requirements for establishing a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will see first when they chance upon your website and what they will identify 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 Domains (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally contains 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain (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. There are several sets of TLDs that you should examine before you select the domain you desire. Your selection should be based on the purpose of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains meant to show a specific intention - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informative resources), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most spheres of life, so you should opt for the one that would describe the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include extra steps to prove that you qualify to register such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many guys would like to purchase commodities or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain could boost the visits to your site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your site's visitors to a given web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and reduce the likelihood of somebody pinching your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) reveal where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can modify the name servers of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and detect good website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current provider's DNSs right away.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a particular set of name servers, all its domain name records will lead to the same website hosting vendor. Some web hosting firms, however, permit you to modify specific domain name server records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which hosting server your site is hosted, while the MX records designate which server handles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new website designer and he build an .ASP site that will be situated on his own Windows server, you may desire to modify just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mailboxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and requires a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more dependable.

Inexpensive TLDs Furnished by 'NutmegHost'

Just a small number of web hosting companies permit you to modify given domain name records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have an immense array of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all DNS records or forward the domains through a forwarding tool at no extra charge.