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How valuable can an top domain be?

One of the most important preconditions for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will mark first when they come across your site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name typically is composed of two parts - 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 several categories of Top-Level Domains that you should consider before you choose the domain name you desire. Your decision should rest on the purpose of your web page and on its target audience. Let's take a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains meant to indicate a specific intention - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informational sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (particular professions), etc. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should opt for the one that would indicate the objective of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional steps to confirm that you qualify to register such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many people would want to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca Top-Level Domain could increase the visits to your web site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of domains, which can send your website's visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and reduce the likelihood of someone stealing your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) exhibit where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can alter the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain and come across decent website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain to the current company's NSs at once.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a given pair of DNSs, all its DNS records will direct to the same site hosting provider. Some web hosting companies, however, allow you to edit certain NS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which indicates on which server your web site is located, while the MX records demonstrate which web hosting server tackles the mail aliases associated with your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new site designer and he devises an .ASP web site that will be located on his private Windows hosting server, you may desire to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your emails 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 platform is devised by Microsoft and requests a Windows web server, although a Linux server would be far more reliable.

Cut-Price Domains Furnished by 'Exclusive Hosting'

Just a number of web hosting vendors allow you to modify particular DNS records and very often this an extra paid service. With Exclusive Hosting , you get an immense assortment of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can edit all domain records or forward the domains via a redirection tool at no additional charge. Therefore, 'Exclusive Hosting' would be your finest pick when it comes to managing your domain name and to creating a successful presence on the web.