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How essential can an affordable domain name be?

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

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain typically contains two constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few categories of Top-Level Domains that you should examine prior to picking the domain you want. Your decision should rest on the goal of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's take a glimpse at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most common TLDs meant to indicate a specific purpose - .com (commercial organizations), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (certain walks of life), etc. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most fields of life, so you should opt for the one that would show the aim of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them involve additional steps to verify that you are eligible to possess such a Top-Level Domain Name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific domain names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would want to buy commodities or services from a local website, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, getting a .ca Top-Level Domain Name could boost the visits to your site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your site's visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and lower the risk of someone stealing your web site visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain with another Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) disclose where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can substitute the name servers of your domain at all times. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the site hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and discover decent website hosting packages somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the present company's name servers immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain uses a specific set of NSs, all its name server records will direct to the same webspace hosting company. Some web hosting distributors, however, enable you to edit specific DNS records, like the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an IP address, which shows on which server your website is situated, whereas the MX records show which hosting server handles the email aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new website designer and he build an .ASP web page that will be located on his own Windows web server, you may want to change solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Thus, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web server, but your mailboxes or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux hosting account. The .ASP environment is invented by Microsoft and demands a Windows web server, although a Linux hosting server would be way more stable.

Affordable Domain Names Delivered by 'PhotoIreland Hosting'

Just a few web hosting providers allow you to edit given records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With PhotoIreland Hosting , you have an enormous array of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can edit all name server records or redirect the domain names using a forwarding tool at no added charge. Because of that, 'PhotoIreland Hosting' would be your best choice when it comes to administering your domain name and to establishing a successful presence on the World Wide Web.