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How important is to discover the best domain?

One of the most essential prerequisites for running a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what people will spot 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 website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule is composed of two fragments - 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 couple of categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you choose the domain you desire. Your decision should be built upon the goal of your site and on its target audience. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs meant to designate a given function - .com (business organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative web pages), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should choose the one that would illustrate the purpose of your web site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such TLDs, but some of them include extra procedures to ascertain that you qualify to possess such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a domain name is good if your target group of site visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would prefer to purchase goods or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, opting for a .ca domain could boost the visits to your site.

URL Redirection

You can register several TLDs, which can forward your website's visitors to a certain web page such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and decrease the possibility of somebody pilfering your visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting company whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using now. You can alter the NSs of your domain at all times. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the web space hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and discover decent website hosting solutions somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the present provider's name servers at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain pair of NSs, all its domain name server records will direct to the same webspace hosting provider. Some site hosting providers, though, enable you to modify certain domain records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which designates on which web hosting server your web page is located, while the MX records reveal which web hosting server tackles the e-mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new site designer and he creates an .ASP website that will be hosted on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to change solely the IP 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 e-mails or any sub-domain names like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux website hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be far more secure.

Modestly Priced Domains Distributed by 'AIDA Host'

Only a few web hosting distributors allow you to edit specific records and quite often this an additional paid service. With AIDA Host , you get a vast array of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can edit all NS records or redirect the domains via a forwarding tool at no extra charge. That is why, 'AIDA Host' would be your finest pick when it comes to managing your domain and to establishing a successful presence on the web.