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How important is to discover the best domain name?

One of the most crucial requirements for setting up a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will notice first when they stumble upon your site and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain usually has 2 parts - 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 a few groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to selecting the domain you wish. Your pick should depend on the intention of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names meant to indicate a particular purpose - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational web pages), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (certain walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should settle on the one that would describe the aim of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them include additional steps to prove that you qualify to own such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain name is good if your target group of visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would sooner purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, registering a .ca domain could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your visitors to a given site such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the likelihood of someone pinching your visitors by registering the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can switch the name servers of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the webspace hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and discover good website hosting packages someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a specific set of NSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same site hosting firm. Some webspace hosting suppliers, 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 demonstrates on which web hosting server your website is hosted, while the MX records reveal which web server handles the email aliases associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new website designer and he build an .ASP website that will be located on his own Windows server, you may desire to edit just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your email box accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux webspace hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more stable.

Low-Priced Top-Level Domain Names Provided by 'Exclusive Hosting'

Only a few web hosting providers enable you to modify specific domain name records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With Exclusive Hosting , you get a big array of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all domain name records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional charge. Because of that, 'Exclusive Hosting' would be your finest pick when it comes to handling your domain name and to establishing a successful presence on the Internet.