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One of the most crucial preconditions for having a successful web presence is the domain. It is what people will discern first when they chance upon your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your web site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain as a rule consists of two fragments - 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 couple of groups of TLDs that you should consider before you choose the domain name you wish. Your selection should be based on the intention of your web site and on its target audience. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains aimed to denote a given function - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would signify the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional steps to verify that you are eligible to have such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would prefer to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca TLD could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register a number of Top-Level Domain Names, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a particular web site such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and lower the possibility of someone pinching your visitors by registering the same name with a different TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can swap the NSs of your domain name at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the site hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and detect good web space hosting solutions somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the present provider's DNSs straight away.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a certain set of DNSs, all its domain name records will lead to the same hosting supplier. Some webspace hosting vendors, though, enable you to modify specific domain name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which details on which web hosting server your site is located, while the MX records display which web server handles the electronic mail accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new website designer and he sets up an .ASP web page that will be located on his personal Windows server, you may wish to alter solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your email mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web space hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more dependable.

Cut-Price TLDs Distributed by FreeHostia.com

Just a small number of hosting companies enable you to edit particular records and quite often this an extra paid service. With FreeHostia.com, you have a big selection of Top-Level Domain Names to select from and you can modify all records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no added cost. For that reason, FreeHostia.com would be your best choice when it comes to managing your domain names and to building a successful presence on the World Wide Web.