One of the most essential preconditions for setting up a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will perceive first when they chance upon your website and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your visitors what the web page is about.
A domain name usually has two fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you select the domain name you wish. Your pick should rest on the intention of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's study the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names meant to show a specific function - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative resources), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most realms of life, so you should choose the one that would describe the aim of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra procedures to demonstrate that you are eligible to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).
The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a certain country. Many folks would rather buy goods or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web site.
You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can send your web page's visitors to a particular site like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the chance of somebody pinching your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.
Every Top-Level Domain 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 web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can replace the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and discover good website hosting packages someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the present company's name servers instantaneously.
In general, as long as your domain uses a given set of NSs, all its records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some hosting suppliers, however, enable you to modify specific NS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which server your website is situated, while the MX records designate which web server tackles the electronic mail accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web designer and he devises an .ASP site that will be located on his own Windows web server, you may wish to change just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and requests a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web server would be far more dependable.
Just a few web hosting companies permit you to modify given domain name records and very often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a large collection of TLDs to select from and you can modify all records or forward the domain names via a redirection tool at no additional cost.