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Domain Names Explained


One of the most essential requirements for running a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will discern first when they visit your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

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A domain typically contains 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate prior to picking the domain you want. Your selection should be based on the goal of your web page and on its target viewers. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names meant to signify a particular purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should select the one that would indicate 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 possess such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would rather buy commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web page.

URL Forwarding

You can register different Top-Level Domain Names, which can forward your visitors to a given site like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and reduce the risk of somebody pilfering your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at present. You can change the DNSs of your domain at all times. 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 discover decent website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present provider's DNSs instantaneously.

Domain Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific pair of NSs, all its domain records will point to the same website hosting distributor. Some hosting firms, however, enable you to modify certain domain name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which specifies on which hosting server your web page is situated, while the MX records display which hosting server handles the e-mail address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new website designer and he designs an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his personal Windows hosting server, you may desire to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your email accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and requests a Windows web server, even though a Linux server would be way more secure.

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