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How valuable can an affordable domain be?

One of the most essential prerequisites for establishing a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will see first when they stumble upon your website and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name traditionally is composed of two components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine prior to picking the domain you want. Your decision should be built upon the purpose of your site and on its target visitors. Let's have a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names aimed to indicate a particular purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should choose the one that would indicate the purpose of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them involve additional requirements to confirm that you qualify to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Redirection

You can register several Top-Level Domains, which can forward your site's visitors to a certain site such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the possibility of someone snatching your web page visitors by using the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using at present. You can modify the DNSs of your domain name at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web space hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and encounter good website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new provider's DNSs right away.

Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain pair of name servers, all its domain name records will point to the same webspace hosting supplier. Some web site hosting companies, though, permit you to edit certain domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which discloses on which web hosting server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records designate which web server handles the mail address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web site designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be situated on his personal Windows web server, you may wish to edit just the Internet Protocol 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 mail address accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux webspace hosting account. The .ASP environment is invented by Microsoft and requires a Windows hosting server, although a Linux server would be way more dependable.

Reasonably Priced Top-Level Domain Names Offered by 'Exclusive Hosting'

Only a few web hosting suppliers allow you to edit particular NS records and quite often this an additional paid service. With Exclusive Hosting , you get a large variety of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can modify all name server records or forward the domains using a redirection tool at no extra charge. Because of that, 'Exclusive Hosting' would be your finest pick when it comes to handling your domain name and to creating a successful presence on the web.