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Domain Names

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain usually is composed of two parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your pick should rest on the intention of your web site and on its target audience. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs intended to express a given intention - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should choose 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 contain additional requirements to confirm that you are eligible to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a Top-Level Domain is good if your target group of website visitors is from a certain country. Many visitors would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca Top-Level Domain Name could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register several domains, which can send your website's visitors to a certain web page like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the possibility of someone pinching your visitors by using the same name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - 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) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at present. You can swap the name servers of your domain at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web space hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and discover decent web site hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the present provider's DNSs straight off.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a given pair of name servers, all its NS records will point to the same web space hosting distributor. Some webspace hosting companies, however, allow you to edit certain DNS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which shows on which hosting server your web site is situated, whereas the MX records designate which hosting server handles the email addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web page designer and he constructs an .ASP web site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows server, you may wish to alter only the Internet Protocol 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 e-mail boxes or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is developed by Microsoft and requires a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web server would be far more secure.

Moderately Priced Domains Delivered by Freehostia

Only a few web page hosting vendors enable you to edit certain name server records and very often this an additional paid service. With Freehostia, you get an extensive array of TLDs to pick from and you can modify all domain name records or redirect the domain names via a redirection tool at no added cost. That is why, Freehostia would be your finest pick when it comes to administering your domain names and to setting up a successful presence on the World Wide Web.