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How vital is to find cheap domains?

One of the most essential prerequisites for having a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will discern first when they visit your web page and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your web page's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name traditionally consists of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should consider before you choose the domain you desire. Your decision should be built upon the goal of your site and on its target spectators. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most common TLDs meant to denote a given intention - .com (business organizations), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web pages), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (persons or families), .pro (qualified professionals), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most realms of life, so you should select the one that would express the purpose of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them contain extra requirements to confirm that you are eligible to own such a domain (.mobi and .pro, for example).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific TLDs. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a TLD is good if your target group of visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would elect to purchase goods or services from a local website, and if your target is Canada, for instance, selecting a .ca domain name could boost the visits to your site.

URL Forwarding

You can register a bunch of Top-Level Domains, which can forward your visitors to a particular web page like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and reduce the risk of someone pinching your site visitors by registering the same name with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) show where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can modify the DNSs of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one firm and get the web page hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain name and come across decent website hosting plans somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the current provider's DNSs right away.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name utilizes a certain set of NSs, all its domain records will point to the same web space hosting supplier. Some website hosting providers, however, allow you to edit given NS records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which demonstrates on which web server your website is situated, while the MX records show which server tackles the email accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web site designer and he build an .ASP site that will be situated on his own Windows hosting server, you may wish to edit solely the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your e-mail accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web page hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and requests a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be far more secure.

Moderately Priced Domain Names Offered by 'AfterHost'

Only a small number of web hosting companies permit you to edit particular domain name server records and very frequently this an additional paid service. With AfterHost , you have an extensive collection of TLDs to select from and you can modify all domain name records or forward the domains using a redirection tool at no extra cost. For that reason, 'AfterHost' would be your best choice when it comes to handling your domain and to building a successful presence on the web.