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How important can an top domain name be?

One of the most important prerequisites for creating a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will discern first when they chance upon your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name traditionally consists of 2 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 and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate before you choose the domain name you wish. Your choice should rest on the aim of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical TLDs intended to denote a specific function - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should go for the one that would indicate the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them involve additional procedures to demonstrate that you qualify to register such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would want to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca TLD could increase the visits to your site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your web page's visitors to a particular site like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the possibility of somebody pinching your website visitors by registering the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can swap the name servers of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting plans someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present provider's NSs instantaneously.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of NSs, all its name server records will direct to the same web site hosting firm. Some website hosting companies, though, allow you to edit specific DNS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which specifies on which web server your website is hosted, while the MX records exhibit which server handles the email aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web designer and he sets up an .ASP web page that will be located on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may want to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your email mailboxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web page hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, although a Linux server would be far more reliable.

Cut-Rate TLDs Furnished by 'aBitHosting'

Just a few web hosting distributors enable you to edit particular domain records and very often this an additional paid service. With aBitHosting , you have an extensive variety of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can edit all domain records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no additional cost. For that reason, 'aBitHosting' would be your best choice when it comes to administering your domain name and to building a successful presence on the World Wide Web.