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How essential is to find the best domain name?

One of the most important prerequisites for building a successful web presence is the domain. It is what people will perceive first when they come across your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name typically is composed of 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you pick the domain you wish. Your selection should rest on the aim of your website and on its target visitors. Let's investigate the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical TLDs aimed to show a specific intention - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would describe the aim of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them include extra steps to ascertain that you qualify to keep such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a TLD is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many folks would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

URL Forwarding

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a specific web site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the probability of someone pinching your visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can swap the DNSs of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and stumble upon good website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the new provider's NSs instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a particular pair of NSs, all its domain name records will direct to the same web space hosting provider. Some hosting suppliers, however, enable you to edit specific 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 hosting server your web site is located, while the MX records exhibit which hosting server handles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web page designer and he designs an .ASP web site that will be accommodated on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may wish to alter just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web site hosting account. The .ASP environment is developed by Microsoft and requests a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux server would be far more dependable.

Inexpensive Top-Level Domain Names Furnished by 'AfterHost'

Just a number of web hosting companies allow you to modify particular NS records and very often this an additional paid service. With AfterHost , you have a wide variety of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all NS records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no extra charge. For that reason, 'AfterHost' would be your finest pick when it comes to managing your domain and to creating a successful presence on the web.