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How crucial can an affordable domain be?

One of the most important prerequisites for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will observe first when they stumble upon your website and what they will associate you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name traditionally has two constituents - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain you desire. Your decision should depend on the intention of your site and on its target viewers. Let's check the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs meant to signify a specific purpose - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (corporations), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (given walks of life), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most realms of life, so you should go for the one that would express the objective of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such TLDs, but some of them involve additional steps to demonstrate that you qualify to possess such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for example).

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. Selecting such a Top-Level Domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a certain country. Many persons would rather buy goods or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for example, settling on a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your web page.

Domain Redirects

You can register different domains, which can send your web site's visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for instance. This would increase the traffic and reduce the risk of someone swiping your site visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain Name with a different TLD - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) reveal where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can swap the name servers of your domain whenever you want. You can have your domain registered with one provider and get the web hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and find decent website hosting plans someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain to the present company's name servers at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a certain set of DNSs, all its NS records will direct to the same hosting firm. Some web site hosting providers, however, allow you to modify given DNS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which designates on which hosting server your web page is located, while the MX records specify which hosting server handles the mail accounts associated with your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new web page designer and he develops an .ASP web site that will be located on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to modify just 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 server, but your emails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux site hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and demands a Windows web server, even though a Linux hosting server would be far more reliable.

Budget TLDs Furnished by 'AIDA Host'

Just a number of web hosting providers permit you to modify certain domain records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With AIDA Host , you get a large array of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can modify all NS records or redirect the domain names through a redirection tool at no additional charge. Because of that, 'AIDA Host' would be your finest pick when it comes to handling your domain name and to establishing a successful presence on the Internet.