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Domains Defined

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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain usually consists of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several categories of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to picking the domain you wish. Your selection should rest on the intention of your website and on its target viewers. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to express a given function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most spheres of life, so you should go for the one that would describe the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve additional procedures to verify that you are eligible to possess such a domain (.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 web page visitors is from a given country. Many visitors would like to buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a number of domain names, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a particular website such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the chance of someone swiping your site visitors by registering the same name with another 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, a.k.a. DNS records) reveal where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can replace the DNSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and detect good website hosting plans somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present provider's DNSs straight off.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a certain pair of NSs, all its domain name records will lead to the same web hosting provider. Some website hosting companies, however, allow you to edit given domain name records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which specifies on which web server your website is located, whereas the MX records display which web server tackles the email box accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web site designer and he designs an .ASP website that will be hosted on his own Windows hosting server, you may wish to edit only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, although a Linux server would be way more dependable.

Moderately Priced Top-Level Domain Names Offered by 'Host54'

Only a small number of web hosting vendors permit you to edit specific DNS records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you have an enormous collection of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can modify all domain records or forward the domains via a forwarding tool at no added cost.