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Domain Names Defined

One of the most important prerequisites for creating a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will observe first when they stumble upon your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain usually has 2 fragments - a Top-Level Domain (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 several groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you choose the domain you want. Your choice should depend on the purpose of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to show a specific function - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would portray the aim of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain extra procedures to verify that you qualify to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would like to buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a certain website like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the chance of somebody pinching your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can swap the name servers of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and discover decent website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs straight away.

Domain Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a specific pair of DNSs, all its NS records will point to the same web hosting distributor. Some website hosting distributors, though, allow you to edit given domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which web server your web page is situated, whereas the MX records display which server tackles the email addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web site designer and he designs an .ASP web site that will be located on his personal Windows hosting 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 e-mail box accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more stable.

Affordably Priced Domains Provided by 'Sozac.com'

Just a few web hosting suppliers allow you to edit specific records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you get an enormous array of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can modify all domain name records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no added charge.