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Domain Names Defined

One of the most crucial preconditions for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will discern first when they visit your website and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name traditionally has two parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are several groups of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you select the domain name you wish. Your decision should depend on the intention of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's examine the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names aimed to designate a specific intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should choose the one that would portray the purpose of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra steps to show 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 domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a domain name is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would sooner buy commodities 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 page.

Domain Forwarding

You can register a bunch of domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a particular site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the risk of someone pinching your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every 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, aka DNSs) it is using at present. 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 hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and stumble upon decent website hosting services somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current company's DNSs immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a particular set of NSs, all its domain records will direct to the same website hosting distributor. Some web hosting suppliers, however, allow you to edit given NS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which web server your website is situated, whereas the MX records specify which server handles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he develops an .ASP website that will be located on his private Windows web server, you may want to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your mails 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 designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be far more reliable.

Inexpensive Domain Names Offered by '101Hosting.com'

Just a small number of web hosting vendors permit you to edit given domain records and quite often this an extra paid service. With us, you have a huge assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domain names via a forwarding tool at no added cost.