Domain Names Defined
One of the most vital prerequisites for creating a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will perceive first when they visit your site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your visitors what the site is about.
Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)
A domain name traditionally contains two parts - 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 Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domains that you should consider before you select the domain name you wish. Your pick should be based on the goal of your web page and on its target viewers. Let's have a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical Top-Level Domain Names intended to denote a given intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative resources), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should select the one that would indicate the aim of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional requirements to prove that you qualify to register such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).
Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)
The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a given country. Many folks would like to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.
You can register several domain names, which can send your web site's visitors to a given website such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the possibility of someone stealing your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain Name - 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, aka DNS records) indicate where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can change the DNSs of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting services someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present company's NSs immediately.
Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)
On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular set of name servers, all its name server records will lead to the same web hosting company. Some web hosting providers, though, enable you to edit specific domain name records, like 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 site is located, while the MX records display which server tackles the e-mail aliases associated with your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new site designer and he constructs an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web server, you may wish to edit only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your email accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more reliable.
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