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How valuable can an top domain name be?

One of the most important prerequisites for building a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what visitors will discern first when they discover your website and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web page's visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain usually has two parts - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you select the domain you want. Your choice should be built upon the goal of your web page and on its target viewers. Let's take a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most typical TLDs intended to denote a given intention - .com (business enterprises), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informational websites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains encompass most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would express the aim of your site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include extra requirements to prove that you are eligible to keep such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).

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. Picking such a Top-Level Domain Name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a given country. Many folks would elect to purchase commodities or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your site.

Domain Name Redirects

You can register several Top-Level Domain Names, which can send your web page's visitors to a certain site like domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and decrease the probability of somebody snatching your website visitors by registering the same Second-Level Domain Name with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) specify where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can switch the DNSs of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the site hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and find good website hosting plans somewhere else at a later time, you can point your domain to the new provider's name servers right away.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a particular pair of NSs, all its DNS records will lead to the same hosting distributor. Some web space hosting firms, however, allow you to modify certain domain 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 web page is located, whereas the MX records show which web hosting server handles the email addresses associated with your domain name. For example, if you take on a new web page designer and he build an .ASP web site that will be located on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to alter 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 hosting server, but your mails or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web page hosting account. The .ASP environment is created by Microsoft and calls for a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web server would be way more secure.

Low-Priced Domain Names Provided by 'Arcos Host'

Only a number of web hosting distributors permit you to modify given DNS records and very often this an extra paid service. With Arcos Host , you get a wide selection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can edit all domain name records or forward the domain names using a forwarding tool at no added charge. That is why, 'Arcos Host' would be your best choice when it comes to handling your domain name and to setting up a successful presence on the World Wide Web.