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How important can an affordable domain be?

One of the most important preconditions for setting up a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will discern first when they stumble upon your website 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 website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain typically is composed of 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain (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 Name. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to choosing the domain name you desire. Your selection should rest on the aim of your web site and on its target audience. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common Top-Level Domains intended to signify a specific function - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informational web pages), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would describe the objective of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them involve additional steps to confirm that you qualify to register such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a certain country. Many visitors would prefer to buy commodities or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain could boost the visits to your website.

URL Redirects

You can register different TLDs, which can forward your web site's visitors to a certain web page such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the chance of somebody stealing your website visitors by using the same name with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) indicate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can swap the name servers of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the webspace hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting solutions somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current provider's DNSs instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a particular set of DNSs, all its DNS records will lead to the same web site hosting supplier. Some webspace hosting firms, however, enable you to modify given domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which server your web site is situated, while the MX records designate which server handles the mail accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be situated on his private Windows web server, you may desire to modify just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your electronic mails or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux webspace hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows web server, although a Linux web server would be way more secure.

Cut-Rate Top-Level Domains Supplied by 'Rosales Hosting'

Only a few web hosting companies permit you to modify certain domain name records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With Rosales Hosting , you have an immense variety of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can edit all name server records or forward the domain names using a forwarding tool at no additional cost. For that reason, 'Rosales Hosting' would be your best pick when it comes to managing your domain and to establishing a successful presence on the Internet.