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How important can an affordable domain be?

One of the most important preconditions for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will spot first when they visit your web site and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule contains 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (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 categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to selecting the domain you desire. Your decision should depend on the purpose of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's take a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical Top-Level Domains intended to designate a given intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would designate the purpose of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such TLDs, but some of them contain additional procedures to prove that you qualify to have such a domain (.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. Picking such a domain is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many folks would prefer to buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, picking a .ca Top-Level Domain could boost the visits to your website.

URL Redirection

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can forward your site's visitors to a certain website such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the chance of someone swiping your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) demonstrate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can switch the name servers of your domain whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web space hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting packages somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the new provider's NSs straight off.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a particular set of name servers, all its DNS records will lead to the same web hosting supplier. Some website hosting distributors, though, allow you to modify specific domain records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which indicates on which web server your web site is located, while the MX records demonstrate which hosting server handles the email accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new web page designer and he designs an .ASP web site that will be accommodated on his own Windows hosting server, you may wish to edit just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mail address accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux webspace hosting account. The .ASP platform is developed by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be far more reliable.

Reasonably Priced Top-Level Domains Offered by 'Free Hostia'

Just a small number of web hosting vendors enable you to edit certain name server records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With Free Hostia , you have an extensive assortment of TLDs to choose from and you can edit all records or forward the domains using a redirection tool at no additional charge. That is why, 'Free Hostia' would be your best choice when it comes to administering your domain name and to setting up a successful presence on the web.