One of the most essential preconditions for establishing a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will mark first when they visit your site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your visitors what the web page is about.
A domain name traditionally contains 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to selecting the domain name you wish. Your decision should be based on the intention of your web site and on its target spectators. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical TLDs intended to signify a particular intention - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular professions), etc. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most fields of life, so you should go for the one that would show the purpose of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional requirements to ascertain that you qualify to possess such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for example).
The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a certain country. Many visitors would elect to purchase 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 page.
You can register a bunch of domain names, which can redirect your site's visitors to a given site like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the possibility of somebody swiping your website visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.
Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can alter the NSs of your domain name whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and detect decent website hosting solutions somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's DNSs instantly.
On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a certain pair of name servers, all its domain name server records will lead to the same website hosting vendor. Some hosting distributors, though, permit you to modify specific domain records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which details on which hosting server your website is situated, while the MX records exhibit which web server handles the e-mail box accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you engage a new web designer and he designs an .ASP web page that will be located on his personal Windows web server, you may desire to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP environment is invented by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more reliable.
Only a small number of web hosting distributors allow you to edit specific NS records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With us, you get an enormous selection of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all domain name records or redirect the domains via a redirection tool at no added charge.