Domain Names Defined
One of the most crucial prerequisites for setting up a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will mark first when they stumble upon your web site and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the site is about.
Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
A domain as a rule has 2 constituents - 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 and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you pick the domain you want. Your selection should rest on the intention of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's have a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs aimed to indicate a given intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would illustrate the purpose of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra procedures to show that you are eligible to have such a Top-Level 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 domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would sooner purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.
You can register a number of TLDs, which can send your web page's visitors to a given web site such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the probability of somebody pilfering your site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.
Name Servers (NSs)
Each domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can swap the DNSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and stumble upon good website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs immediately.
Domain Server Records (DNS Records)
In general, as long as your domain name uses a specific set of name servers, all its NS records will point to the same hosting firm. Some web hosting firms, though, enable you to edit certain domain name records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which details on which web hosting server your site is hosted, while the MX records indicate which web hosting server handles the mail address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new website designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is invented by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more stable.
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