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How important is to discover the best domain name?

One of the most important requirements for setting up a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will note first when they visit your web site and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your website's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain typically has 2 parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of sets of Top-Level Domains that you should consider prior to picking the domain name you wish. Your choice should depend on the purpose 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 common Top-Level Domain Names aimed to show a specific purpose - .com (commercial enterprises), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (corporations), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most spheres of life, so you should settle on the one that would signify the aim of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them involve additional requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to register such a Top-Level 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 TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain is good if your target group of visitors is from a specific country. Many persons would sooner buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your target is Canada, for example, registering a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web page.

URL Redirection

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your website's visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone pilfering your website visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can modify the name servers of your domain at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web page hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and detect decent website hosting solutions someplace else later, you can point your domain to the present company's DNSs immediately.

Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain set of NSs, all its domain name records will direct to the same webspace hosting company. Some hosting providers, though, permit you to modify certain domain name records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which discloses on which server your web site is situated, while the MX records designate which web server tackles the e-mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web site designer and he constructs an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his private Windows web server, you may wish to edit only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your emails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is invented by Microsoft and demands a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux server would be far more reliable.

Moderately Priced Top-Level Domains Supplied by 'HostCover'

Only a small number of web hosting vendors allow you to modify given domain name records and very often this an extra paid service. With HostCover , you get an enormous variety of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all domain name records or forward the domain names using a redirection tool at no additional charge. For that reason, 'HostCover' would be your best choice when it comes to handling your domain name and to setting up a successful presence on the World Wide Web.