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How valuable is to find the best domain?

One of the most important preconditions for creating a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will notice first when they stumble upon your website and what they will identify you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the web page is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain usually contains 2 constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you pick the domain you desire. Your decision should rest on the intention of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common TLDs intended to designate a specific intention - .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 (given professions), and so on. As you can see, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would describe the intention of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain additional steps to demonstrate that you qualify to have such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

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. Selecting such a TLD is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a particular country. Many individuals would sooner buy goods or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, registering a .ca Top-Level Domain could increase the visits to your website.

URL Forwarding

You can register different Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your web site's visitors to a certain web site like domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the likelihood of someone pinching your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with a different TLD - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is using at present. You can modify the DNSs of your domain name at any time. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the site hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and detect good website hosting services someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the present provider's DNSs straight away.

Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a certain set of name servers, all its records will point to the same website hosting company. Some hosting providers, though, enable you to modify specific domain name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which indicates on which web hosting server your web page is situated, whereas the MX records specify which server handles the electronic mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web designer and he creates an .ASP web site that will be situated on his private Windows web server, you may want to modify solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mail box accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web site hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web server would be far more stable.

Low-Priced TLDs Furnished by 'Free Hostia'

Only a small number of web hosting distributors permit you to modify given NS records and very often this an additional paid service. With Free Hostia , you have an extensive assortment of TLDs to choose from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domain names using a forwarding tool at no additional cost. For that reason, 'Free Hostia' would be your finest choice when it comes to handling your domain and to setting up a successful presence on the World Wide Web.