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One of the most essential requirements for creating a successful web presence is the domain. It is what people will observe first when they come across your site and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule is composed of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are several categories of Top-Level Domains that you should contemplate before you choose the domain name you desire. Your selection should rest on the aim of your site and on its target audience. Let's take a peek at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most popular TLDs aimed to express a particular purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain walks of life), etc. As you can see, these TLDs encompass most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would portray the purpose of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such TLDs, but some of them contain additional steps to verify that you qualify to have such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would sooner buy commodities or services from a local site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, picking a .ca Top-Level Domain Name could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register a number of domain names, which can send your site's visitors to a particular site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and lower the risk of somebody swiping your web site 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)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can switch the NSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the web page hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and discover good website hosting solutions somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the new provider's DNSs immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a specific set of NSs, all its NS records will lead to the same web hosting vendor. Some hosting vendors, however, allow you to edit specific domain name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which exhibits on which web server your website is situated, while the MX records indicate which web server tackles the e-mail accounts associated with your domain name. For example, if you hire a new web page designer and he develops an .ASP site that will be hosted on his own Windows web hosting server, you may desire to change solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mails 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 devised by Microsoft and requires a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more dependable.

Reasonably Priced Top-Level Domain Names Offered by 'AfterHost'

Just a few web hosting companies enable you to modify certain name server records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With AfterHost , you get a large assortment of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all name server records or forward the domains using a forwarding tool at no extra cost. Therefore, 'AfterHost' would be your finest pick when it comes to administering your domain and to establishing a successful presence on the World Wide Web.