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How important can an affordable domain be?

One of the most essential requirements for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will see first when they chance upon your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain usually contains 2 fragments - 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 SLD. There are a few sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you choose the domain you want. Your choice should be based on the intention of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical TLDs meant to express a given intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would signify the objective of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them include extra procedures to verify that you are eligible to have such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

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. Choosing such a Top-Level Domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would like to purchase commodities or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca domain could boost the visits to your web page.

URL Redirection

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can send your site's visitors to a given web site such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and lower the risk of someone swiping your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can substitute the name servers of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the webspace hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting solutions somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific pair of name servers, all its domain records will point to the same web page hosting firm. Some web page hosting providers, however, enable you to modify given domain name records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which reveals on which web server your web page is situated, while the MX records display which server handles the e-mail aliases associated with your domain name. For example, if you engage a new site designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows server, you may desire to edit solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your email accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more stable.

Affordably Priced Top-Level Domains Brought by 'Exclusive Hosting'

Only a few web hosting vendors permit you to edit given domain records and quite often this an additional paid service. With Exclusive Hosting , you get a large variety of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all name server records or redirect the domain names through a forwarding tool at no added cost. For that reason, 'Exclusive Hosting' would be your best choice when it comes to administering your domain name and to creating a successful presence on the Internet.