Domain Names Defined
One of the most essential prerequisites for running a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will discern first when they come across your site and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your website's visitors what the web site is about.
Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
A domain as a rule contains two constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider before you choose the domain you desire. Your choice should be based on the purpose of your site and on its target viewers. Let's take a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains aimed to designate a particular intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would show the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include additional procedures to ascertain that you qualify to possess such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).
Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)
The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a specific country. Many individuals would sooner purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain could boost the visits to your website.
You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can redirect your website's visitors to a given website like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the probability of somebody pinching your website visitors by registering the same name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.
Name Servers (NSs)
Each domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can change the name servers of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and encounter good website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs immediately.
Domain Server Records (NS Records)
On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular set of NSs, all its domain name server records will point to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting suppliers, though, enable you to modify certain name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which discloses on which web hosting server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records exhibit which server handles the mail addresses associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new website designer and he creates 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. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your emails 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 designed by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, although a Linux server would be far more secure.
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