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How important is to locate the best domain?

One of the most vital requirements for running a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will perceive first when they discover your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain usually consists of two constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few groups of TLDs that you should examine before you choose the domain you desire. Your decision should depend on the aim of your website and on its target visitors. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular TLDs intended to designate a given intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given professions), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs encompass most spheres of life, so you should go for the one that would depict the objective of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them involve extra steps to demonstrate that you qualify to have such a domain (.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. Opting for such a TLD is good if your target group of visitors is from a certain country. Many folks would want to buy goods or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for example, settling on a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web site.

URL Redirection

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a given web page such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the likelihood of somebody swiping your website visitors by using the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) display where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can substitute the NSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting solutions somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the new company's name servers straight away.

Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a certain pair of NSs, all its name server records will direct to the same web page hosting company. Some webspace hosting companies, though, enable you to modify specific NS records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which hosting server your web site is located, whereas the MX records reveal which server handles the email addresses associated with your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web designer and he constructs an .ASP website that will be situated on his own Windows hosting server, you may want to edit 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 server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux hosting account. The .ASP platform is invented by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be far more secure.

Affordable Domains Distributed by 'Exclusive Hosting'

Just a number of web hosting vendors allow you to edit specific domain records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With Exclusive Hosting , you get a huge assortment of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can edit all domain records or forward the domains via a forwarding tool at no extra cost. Because of that, 'Exclusive Hosting' would be your best choice when it comes to managing your domain name and to building a successful presence on the Internet.