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How important can an affordable domain be?

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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name usually contains two parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several categories of TLDs that you should consider prior to choosing the domain you want. Your choice should depend on the aim of your web site and on its target audience. Let's take a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names intended to express a specific intention - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should go for the one that would explain the aim of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them involve additional requirements to verify that you qualify to possess such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would like to buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for example, settling on a .ca Top-Level Domain could boost the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirection

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web site's visitors to a certain website like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the likelihood of somebody stealing your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show 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 modify the NSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web site hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and detect decent website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the new company's NSs right away.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a specific set of NSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same hosting supplier. Some web site hosting providers, however, enable you to edit certain DNS records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which displays on which web hosting server your web site is located, whereas the MX records display which web hosting server tackles the mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new site designer and he constructs an .ASP web page that will be situated on his own Windows hosting server, you may wish to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web 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 present Linux web page hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and requests a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux server would be way more stable.

Modestly Priced Domains Provided by 'Grab Bag Hosting'

Only a few web hosting providers allow you to edit specific name server records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With Grab Bag Hosting , you get an extensive selection of TLDs to select from and you can edit all DNS records or redirect the domain names using a forwarding tool at no additional cost. Because of that, 'Grab Bag Hosting' would be your best pick when it comes to administering your domain and to creating a successful presence on the Internet.