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Domains Defined

One of the most important requirements for running a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will mark first when they chance upon your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name typically is composed of two fragments - a Top-Level Domain (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 Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you select the domain name you want. Your selection should be based on the aim of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domains meant to show a particular function - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (businesses), .info (informational web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should go for the one that would explain the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional requirements to confirm that you are eligible to own such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a given country. Many folks would elect to buy commodities or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, settling on a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

URL Redirects

You can register several domains, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a particular site such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and lower the possibility of someone stealing your website visitors by using the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can substitute the NSs of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain and encounter decent website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new company's DNSs instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a given pair of name servers, all its DNS records will point to the same website hosting vendor. Some web hosting firms, though, allow you to modify specific domain name records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which web hosting server your site is hosted, while the MX records reveal which server tackles the mail addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web page designer and he sets up an .ASP site that will be hosted on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to change only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux server would be way more reliable.

Cheap Domains Furnished by 'Axnhost.com'

Just a small number of web hosting vendors allow you to edit particular records and quite often this an additional paid service. With us, you have a huge selection of TLDs to pick from and you can edit all domain records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no extra cost.