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Domain Names Defined

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name usually contains 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine prior to picking the domain name you want. Your choice should depend on the intention of your site and on its target spectators. Let's take a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs intended to indicate a specific function - .com (commercial entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would depict the intention of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve extra steps to demonstrate that you are eligible to possess such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a certain country. Many visitors would sooner purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register several domains, which can redirect your visitors to a given website such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone pinching your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can swap the NSs of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and stumble upon decent website hosting packages somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the present company's NSs right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a given pair of NSs, all its DNS records will direct to the same website hosting supplier. Some web hosting suppliers, however, enable you to edit specific domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which discloses on which web server your web site is hosted, while the MX records reveal which server handles the mail accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he creates an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his private Windows web server, you may desire to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is invented by Microsoft and demands a Windows hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more secure.

Budget Domains Furnished by 'ByoHosting'

Just a few web hosting suppliers permit you to edit specific records and very often this an extra paid service. With us, you have a big collection of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all domain records or forward the domain names through a forwarding tool at no extra cost.