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How essential can an top domain be?

One of the most important prerequisites for having a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will spot first when they discover your website and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name typically contains 2 fragments - 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 Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should consider prior to picking the domain name you desire. Your pick should depend on the goal of your website and on its target visitors. Let's have a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains meant to show a specific function - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (certain walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would show the purpose of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional requirements to show that you qualify to possess such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would like to purchase goods or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, getting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirects

You can register several TLDs, which can redirect your visitors to a particular web site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the risk of somebody pilfering your site visitors by registering the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can modify the name servers of your domain at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and stumble upon decent website hosting packages somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the new provider's DNSs instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will lead to the same website hosting provider. Some hosting distributors, however, permit you to edit given domain name records, including 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 website is located, whereas the MX records designate which web hosting server tackles the mail accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web designer and he develops an .ASP site that will be located on his private Windows web server, you may want to edit solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your email boxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux site hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more dependable.

Modestly Priced Domain Names Distributed by 'Free Hostia'

Only a small number of web hosting providers allow you to modify specific records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With Free Hostia , you have a big collection of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can modify all domain records or redirect the domain names through a forwarding tool at no added charge. That is why, 'Free Hostia' would be your best choice when it comes to handling your domain and to setting up a successful presence on the World Wide Web.