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How important is to find the best domain name?

One of the most vital requirements for running a successful online presence is the domain. It is what visitors will note first when they come across your web site and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that notifies your site's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain usually contains two parts - 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 Second-Level Domain Name. There are a couple of categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate before you select the domain you desire. Your decision should be based on the goal of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's investigate the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs intended to designate a specific purpose - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would describe the purpose of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such TLDs, but some of them involve extra steps to verify that you are eligible to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Choosing such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a specific country. Many people would want to purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your web site.

URL Forwarding

You can register several domains, which can redirect your web page's visitors to a given web site like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and lower the risk of someone pinching your visitors by registering the same SLD with a different TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can swap the name servers of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web page hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting plans somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the new provider's name servers instantly.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain utilizes a certain set of name servers, all its domain name records will point to the same website hosting distributor. Some hosting vendors, though, allow you to edit specific 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 demonstrates on which hosting server your web page is situated, whereas the MX records reveal which server handles the email accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web site designer and he designs an .ASP web site that will be situated on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may wish to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your e-mailbox accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is created by Microsoft and requests a Windows hosting server, although a Linux server would be far more secure.

Inexpensive TLDs Provided by 'Paramus Hosting'

Just a small number of web hosting suppliers allow you to modify certain NS records and very often this an additional paid service. With Paramus Hosting , you get an immense selection of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all NS records or forward the domains using a forwarding tool at no extra cost. For that reason, 'Paramus Hosting' would be your best pick when it comes to managing your domain name and to setting up a successful presence on the web.