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

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain as a rule is composed of 2 parts - 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. There are a couple of groups of TLDs that you should examine before you select the domain name you desire. Your decision should be based on the intention of your site and on its target viewers. Let's have a peek at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread TLDs aimed to denote a particular purpose - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (particular professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most fields of life, so you should select the one that would describe the objective of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them contain extra steps to prove that you qualify to own such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a TLD is good if your target group of site visitors is from a given country. Many visitors would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for instance, choosing a .ca Top-Level Domain Name could increase the visits to your website.

URL Forwarding

You can register several Top-Level Domain Names, which can redirect your site's visitors to a specific site such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and reduce the probability of somebody swiping your web page visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can swap the DNSs of your domain whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the site hosting service itself from another. Therefore, if you register your domain name and encounter good website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the current company's NSs immediately.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a certain pair of NSs, all its domain name records will direct to the same web site hosting distributor. Some webspace hosting vendors, though, permit you to edit specific domain name server records, such as 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 website is located, whereas the MX records exhibit which hosting server tackles the e-mail accounts related to your domain name. For example, if you hire a new site designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be hosted on his own Windows hosting server, you may wish to alter just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mail address accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web hosting account. The .ASP environment is developed by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more reliable.

Affordable Top-Level Domains Offered by Free Hostia

Only a number of site hosting providers allow you to modify given domain name records and very often this an extra paid service. With Free Hostia, you have an enormous variety of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all DNS records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no additional cost. That is why, Free Hostia would be your best choice when it comes to administering your domains and to establishing a successful presence on the World Wide Web.