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How valuable can an affordable domain be?

One of the most crucial requirements for creating a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will mark first when they chance upon your web page and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name typically contains two constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the SLD. There are several groups of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to selecting the domain you desire. Your decision should be built upon the goal of your website and on its target spectators. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most typical TLDs aimed to indicate a particular purpose - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would portray the purpose of your web page best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain additional requirements to confirm that you are eligible to own such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a TLD is good if your target group of website visitors is from a specific country. Many visitors would prefer to buy goods or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for example, selecting a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

Domain Name Forwarding

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

Name Servers (NSs)

Each TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) exhibit where the domain 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 modify the NSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and discover good website hosting solutions someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain to the present company's NSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a certain set of NSs, all its name server records will direct to the same web hosting firm. Some hosting firms, though, permit you to edit specific domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which displays on which server your site is located, whereas the MX records exhibit which web hosting server tackles the mail address accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web site designer and he creates an .ASP site that will be located on his private Windows web server, you may want to modify only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and calls for a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be far more secure.

Cheap Domain Names Provided by 'eTexHosting'

Only a few web hosting distributors enable you to modify certain domain name server records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With eTexHosting , you get a wide assortment of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can edit all DNS records or redirect the domains via a forwarding tool at no additional charge. Therefore, 'eTexHosting' would be your best pick when it comes to managing your domain and to setting up a successful presence on the web.