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How valuable can an affordable domain name be?

One of the most essential requirements for establishing a successful online presence is the domain. It is what people will see first when they visit your site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name traditionally is composed of two fragments - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider prior to selecting the domain name you wish. Your pick should be built upon the intention of your website and on its target visitors. Let's check out the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread TLDs intended to denote a specific purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would portray the objective of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them contain additional requirements to demonstrate that you qualify to own such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would elect to purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web site.

Domain Name Redirection

You can register different domain names, which can send your website's visitors to a specific site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and reduce the probability of someone swiping your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing at present. You can modify the NSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the site hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and come across good website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the new company's NSs immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain set of NSs, all its DNS records will lead to the same webspace hosting vendor. Some web space hosting firms, though, permit you to modify 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 indicates on which web server your site is located, whereas the MX records disclose which web hosting server handles the email addresses associated with your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be hosted on his private Windows web hosting server, you may wish to modify solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your email boxes or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web page hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and demands a Windows web server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be far more dependable.

Inexpensive Top-Level Domain Names Distributed by 'Big Future'

Just a number of web hosting vendors permit you to edit certain domain name server records and very often this an additional paid service. With Big Future , you get a wide collection of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all domain name records or forward the domains using a redirection tool at no added charge. For that reason, 'Big Future' would be your finest choice when it comes to managing your domain and to setting up a successful presence on the World Wide Web.