How important can an affordable domain name be?

One of the most essential prerequisites for setting up a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will see first when they come across your website and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain typically has two 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 several groups of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to picking the domain you want. Your selection should be based on the goal of your website and on its target spectators. Let's explore the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular Top-Level Domain Names aimed to denote a particular function - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative resources), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most realms of life, so you should pick the one that would express the aim of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra requirements to prove that you qualify to own such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

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

Domain Name Redirection

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

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can replace the NSs of your domain at any moment. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web space hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and find decent website hosting plans somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present provider's DNSs instantaneously.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a given set of NSs, all its name server records will direct to the same web hosting firm. Some webspace hosting suppliers, though, allow you to edit given domain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which web server your web site is situated, while the MX records display which hosting server tackles the email accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you hire a new web page designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be hosted on his personal Windows web server, you may wish to modify just 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 hosting server, but your email address accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web page hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and requests a Windows server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more dependable.

Low-Priced TLDs Distributed by 'Exclusive Hosting'

Just a few web hosting distributors permit you to edit given domain name records and quite often this an extra paid service. With Exclusive Hosting , you have a vast selection of TLDs to select from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domains through a forwarding tool at no extra charge. That is why, 'Exclusive Hosting' would be your finest pick when it comes to handling your domain name and to building a successful presence on the web.