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How vital can an affordable domain name be?

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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name usually 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 sets of TLDs that you should consider before you pick the domain name you desire. Your decision should depend on the goal of your site and on its target audience. Let's investigate the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread TLDs meant to designate a particular purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should select the one that would indicate the objective of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them involve extra requirements to show that you qualify to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a TLD is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many people would prefer to purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a number of domain names, which can redirect your visitors to a particular website such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the risk of somebody pilfering your website visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) disclose where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can modify the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the site hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting solutions someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the current company's NSs immediately.

Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a specific set of NSs, all its domain name records will point to the same web hosting provider. Some web hosting providers, though, allow you to modify given NS records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which indicates on which web hosting server your website is situated, whereas the MX records indicate which web hosting server handles the mail addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web page designer and he build an .ASP website that will be accommodated on his private Windows hosting server, you may desire to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your emails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more stable.

Cheap Domain Names Distributed by 'Exclusive Hosting'

Only a number of web hosting providers enable you to modify given records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With Exclusive Hosting , you have a huge array of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all NS records or redirect the domains using a redirection tool at no added cost. Because of that, 'Exclusive Hosting' would be your finest pick when it comes to managing your domain name and to creating a successful presence on the Internet.