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One of the most important requirements for setting up a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will notice first when they come across your site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain as a rule consists of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of groups of TLDs that you should contemplate before you pick the domain name you desire. Your choice should be built upon the purpose of your site and on its target visitors. Let's have a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs intended to indicate a particular intention - .com (commercial organizations), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informative web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would depict the purpose of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such TLDs, but some of them include extra requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a Top-Level Domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many visitors would prefer to purchase commodities or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web site.

URL Redirects

You can register a bunch of domains, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a given web page like domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the probability of someone swiping your website visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can swap the NSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web page hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and detect decent web hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers right away.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a certain pair of NSs, all its domain records will direct to the same site hosting company. Some website hosting suppliers, though, permit you to modify specific name server records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which displays on which web hosting server your web site is situated, whereas the MX records designate which web hosting server handles the e-mailbox accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web designer and he creates an .ASP site that will be located on his personal Windows web server, you may want to alter just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mailbox accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more reliable.

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Only a small number of web page hosting companies enable you to modify specific records and quite often this an extra paid service. With ExclusiveHosting Web Hosting, you get a large selection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can edit all name server records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no extra cost. Therefore, ExclusiveHosting Web Hosting would be your best pick when it comes to administering your domain names and to setting up a successful presence on the Internet.