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How valuable can an top domain be?

One of the most crucial prerequisites for having a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what people will mark first when they chance upon your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name typically is composed of 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you desire. Your selection should be built upon the goal of your web page and on its target audience. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread TLDs aimed to show a specific purpose - .com (commercial organizations), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informative web pages), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (specific professions), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should pick the one that would denote the intention of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra steps to verify that you are eligible to have such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Selecting such a TLD is good if your target group of visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would prefer to buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca Top-Level Domain Name could boost the visits to your website.

Domain Redirection

You can register different TLDs, which can send your web page's visitors to a given web site like domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and reduce the likelihood of somebody snatching your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) exhibit where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting supplier whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can modify the NSs of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and discover good website hosting packages somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the present provider's NSs immediately.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a given set of NSs, all its domain name records will direct to the same web page hosting distributor. Some hosting distributors, however, allow you to edit certain NS records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which reveals on which hosting server your web page is situated, while the MX records disclose which hosting server handles the mail addresses related to your domain name. For example, if you appoint a new web designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be located on his own Windows hosting server, you may want to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web hosting server, but your mailbox accounts or any sub-domains 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 requires a Windows web server, although a Linux web server would be way more dependable.

Inexpensive TLDs Brought by 'ThouHost'

Just a number of web hosting vendors allow you to modify particular domain records and quite often this an extra paid service. With ThouHost , you have a big collection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can modify all DNS records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no added charge. That is why, 'ThouHost' would be your best choice when it comes to handling your domain and to building a successful presence on the Internet.