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How vital can an affordable domain name be?

One of the most crucial preconditions for running a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will observe first when they discover your web site and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain typically has 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you choose the domain name you wish. Your pick should rest on the purpose of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common TLDs meant to express a given intention - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or families), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains encompass most fields of life, so you should go for the one that would portray the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them contain additional steps to ascertain that you qualify to have such a Top-Level Domain (.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. Selecting such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of web page visitors is from a particular country. Many folks would sooner purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, registering a .ca TLD could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register several domains, which can send your web page's visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the risk of somebody pilfering your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can change the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web space hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and discover good website hosting packages someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the present company's NSs instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a specific pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will point to the same website hosting distributor. Some hosting providers, though, allow you to modify given NS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which designates on which hosting server your website is located, while the MX records indicate which web hosting server handles the mail addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new site designer and he constructs an .ASP site that will be accommodated on his private Windows hosting server, you may desire to alter only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and demands a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be way more dependable.

Moderately Priced Top-Level Domains Provided by 'Hosting Pine'

Just a small number of web hosting providers enable you to modify specific DNS records and quite often this an extra paid service. With Hosting Pine , you get a huge collection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can modify all DNS records or redirect the domains via a redirection tool at no added charge. For that reason, 'Hosting Pine' would be your best choice when it comes to administering your domain and to building a successful presence on the World Wide Web.