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How important can an affordable domain be?

One of the most vital prerequisites for building a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will notice first when they come across your website and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally contains two components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you select the domain you want. Your selection should be built upon the purpose of your website and on its target viewers. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most typical TLDs intended to designate a particular intention - .com (commercial establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informative websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (specific walks of life), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should go for the one that would denote the intention of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional requirements to ascertain that you are eligible to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would want to buy goods or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain could increase the visits to your website.

URL Redirection

You can register a bunch of TLDs, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a certain site such as domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the probability of somebody snatching your site visitors by registering the same name with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) specify where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, also known as DNSs) it is using now. You can alter the NSs of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web page hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and discover good website hosting packages someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the current company's NSs right away.

Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a given pair of NSs, all its NS records will direct to the same webspace hosting distributor. Some hosting providers, though, allow you to edit certain domain name server records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an IP address, which designates on which web server your web page is hosted, whereas the MX records show which server tackles the mail addresses related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web site designer and he constructs an .ASP site that will be hosted on his private Windows server, you may wish to alter just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your mail address accounts or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is developed by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more stable.

Low-cost TLDs Delivered by 'TSO Hosting'

Only a number of web hosting providers permit you to modify certain domain records and very often this an additional paid service. With TSO Hosting , you get a huge selection of TLDs to select from and you can edit all NS records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no extra cost. For that reason, 'TSO Hosting' would be your best pick when it comes to managing your domain and to setting up a successful presence on the Internet.