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How crucial can an top domain be?

One of the most important requirements for having a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will observe first when they visit your web site and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain typically has 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several categories of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you select the domain name you wish. Your pick should be built upon the intention of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs intended to denote a particular purpose - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (certain walks of life), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover 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 domain names, but some of them contain extra steps to show that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level 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 Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a Top-Level Domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many visitors would prefer to buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for example, registering a .ca Top-Level Domain could boost the visits to your web site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a number of TLDs, which can forward your web site's visitors to a specific web page like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the risk of someone swiping your visitors by registering the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can modify the name servers of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web space hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting services someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current company's NSs instantaneously.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a certain set of name servers, all its domain name server records will direct to the same website hosting supplier. Some hosting companies, though, enable you to modify given NS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which web hosting server your web site is situated, while the MX records show which web hosting server tackles the email box accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web site designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be accommodated on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web space hosting account. The .ASP platform is devised by Microsoft and demands a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be far more secure.

Low-Priced Domain Names Provided by 'Exclusive Hosting'

Just a small number of web hosting companies allow you to modify certain domain records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With Exclusive Hosting , you get a large collection of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all name server records or forward the domain names through a forwarding tool at no extra cost. For that reason, 'Exclusive Hosting' would be your best pick when it comes to handling your domain name and to setting up a successful presence on the Internet.