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How essential can an top domain be?

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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule has two components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to selecting the domain you want. Your decision should rest on the intention of your site and on its target viewers. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to denote a particular purpose - .com (commercial entities), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most realms of life, so you should choose the one that would express the purpose of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them involve extra steps to ascertain that you are eligible to keep 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 Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a specific country. Many people would rather buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca Top-Level Domain could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirects

You can register different domain names, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a specific website like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and lower the probability of somebody swiping your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can substitute the DNSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web space hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and discover good website hosting plans somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the new provider's NSs immediately.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a specific pair of name servers, all its domain records will direct to the same web site hosting distributor. Some site hosting companies, though, allow you to edit specific domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which designates on which web server your web page is located, while the MX records designate which hosting server handles the email addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web site designer and he constructs an .ASP site that will be situated on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may desire to modify only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your mailbox accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web space hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and requests a Windows server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more reliable.

Moderately Priced Top-Level Domain Names Provided by 'WebMediaHosting'

Just a few web hosting companies allow you to edit certain records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With WebMediaHosting , you get a big collection of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can edit all records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no added charge. Therefore, 'WebMediaHosting' would be your best choice when it comes to handling your domain name and to setting up a successful presence on the Internet.