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How important can an top domain name be?

One of the most vital requirements for having a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will spot first when they stumble upon your site and what they will relate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name usually is composed of two fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider before you select the domain name you desire. Your choice should depend on the intention of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names aimed to denote a particular function - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should pick the one that would describe the purpose of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include additional procedures to confirm that you are eligible to have such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

URL Redirects

You can register a bunch of domain names, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a specific web site such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the likelihood of somebody pilfering your visitors by using the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can replace the name servers of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and stumble upon decent website hosting solutions somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the current company's name servers immediately.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a specific set of DNSs, all its NS records will direct to the same web site hosting provider. Some hosting providers, however, permit 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 discloses on which web server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records exhibit which web hosting server tackles the electronic mail accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new website designer and he devises an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his own Windows web hosting server, you may want 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 web hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and demands a Windows web server, even though a Linux server would be way more secure.

Affordably Priced Top-Level Domains Delivered by 'Free Hostia'

Only a small number of web hosting suppliers permit you to edit particular domain name server records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With Free Hostia , you get a wide assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all domain name server records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional charge. Because of that, 'Free Hostia' would be your best choice when it comes to administering your domain and to creating a successful presence on the Internet.