One of the most essential requirements for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will observe first when they discover your website and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your visitors what the web site is about.
Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
A domain name as a rule has 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few categories of TLDs that you should contemplate before you select the domain name you want. Your pick should depend on the purpose of your site and on its target spectators. Let's have a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names meant to express a specific function - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (certain professions), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would explain the aim of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra steps to verify that you are eligible to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).
Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)
The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a certain country. Many individuals would sooner buy goods or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web page.
Domain Name Redirects
You can register several Top-Level Domain Names, which can redirect your website's visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and reduce the risk of someone snatching your web page visitors by registering the same name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.
Name Servers (NSs)
Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can modify the name servers of your domain at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and discover good website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers straight away.
Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)
In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular set of NSs, all its domain name records will point to the same web hosting supplier. Some website hosting companies, however, permit you to modify certain domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which hosting server your site is hosted, whereas the MX records specify which server tackles the mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web site designer and he designs an .ASP web page that will be situated on his personal Windows server, you may desire to alter solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your email mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and requests a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be way more secure.
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