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How valuable can an top domain name be?

One of the most vital requirements for setting up a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will see first when they visit your website and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain typically has 2 fragments - 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 Name. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you choose the domain you want. Your choice should be based on the goal of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs intended to designate a particular purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational websites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most realms of life, so you should choose the one that would portray the objective of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them include additional steps to show that you are eligible to have such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would like to buy goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register a number of Top-Level Domains, which can send your site's visitors to a certain web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and reduce the chance of somebody stealing your visitors by using the same name with a different TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) specify 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 now. You can replace the NSs of your domain name at any time. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web site hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and detect decent website hosting packages someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present provider's DNSs straight away.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a certain set of DNSs, all its records will point to the same web hosting vendor. Some web hosting companies, however, enable you to edit given DNS records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which discloses on which server your site is hosted, whereas the MX records specify which web hosting server tackles the email aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web page designer and he devises an .ASP website that will be hosted on his private Windows hosting server, you may desire to modify only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your electronic mails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web space hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows hosting server, although a Linux web server would be far more secure.

Cheap Top-Level Domain Names Courtesy of 'IT for Care'

Just a number of web hosting vendors allow you to edit specific name server records and very often this an additional paid service. With IT for Care , you have a vast variety of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can edit all records or forward the domains through a redirection tool at no added charge. For that reason, 'IT for Care' would be your finest pick when it comes to managing your domain and to setting up a successful presence on the Internet.