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Domain Names

One of the most crucial requirements for setting up a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will observe first when they chance upon your web site and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your site's visitors what the site is about.


Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally is composed of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to picking the domain you wish. Your pick should rest on the intention of your website and on its target viewers. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs aimed to express a given function - .com (business enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should opt for the one that would denote the purpose of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional steps to demonstrate that you are eligible to keep such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).


Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a Top-Level Domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many people would rather buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for example, settling on a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web page.


Domain Redirects

You can register a number of Top-Level Domain Names, which can forward your web page's visitors to a specific website like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody snatching your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.


Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) demonstrate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can alter the name servers of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the site hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and find decent web space hosting packages someplace else later, you can point your domain to the current provider's DNSs straight off.


Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of DNSs, all its records will point to the same webspace hosting distributor. Some hosting suppliers, however, enable you to edit specific domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which displays on which web hosting server your web page is located, while the MX records indicate which hosting server handles the mail aliases associated with your domain. For example, if you engage a new site designer and he devises an .ASP website that will be situated on his personal Windows server, you may wish to alter just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mail boxes 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 calls for a Windows server, although a Linux server would be far more stable.


Moderately Priced TLDs Brought by FreeHostia Web Hosting

Only a few webspace hosting companies enable you to modify certain domain records and quite often this an additional paid service. With FreeHostia Web Hosting, you have a big collection of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all domain records or forward the domain names via a redirection tool at no added charge. That is why, FreeHostia Web Hosting would be your best pick when it comes to managing your domain names and to creating a successful presence on the web.