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Domains Defined

One of the most vital requirements for creating a successful online presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will note first when they chance upon your web page and what they will identify you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name typically has two fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain Name and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are several sets of TLDs that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you want. Your decision should be built upon the aim of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's review the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most popular TLDs intended to express a specific purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (firms), .info (informational web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (specific walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domain Names encompass most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would describe the aim of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such domain names, but some of them include additional procedures to demonstrate that you qualify to keep such a Top-Level Domain (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Getting such a domain name is good if your target group of website visitors is from a specific country. Many people would elect to buy goods or services from a local website, and if your goal is Canada, for example, picking a .ca domain name could increase the visits to your site.

URL Redirects

You can register several domain names, which can send your site's visitors to a given web site such as, for instance. This would raise the traffic and decrease the risk of somebody stealing your website visitors by using the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every Top-Level Domain has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) specify where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing now. You can switch the name servers of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the website hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain name and detect good website hosting plans somewhere else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the present provider's NSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name utilizes a given set of name servers, all its name server records will direct to the same web hosting firm. Some web hosting distributors, though, allow you to modify given records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which web server your website is hosted, while the MX records indicate which web hosting server handles the email box accounts 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 hosted on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to edit solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mail boxes or any sub-domains such as or will still be in your present Linux web hosting account. The .ASP platform is designed by Microsoft and demands a Windows hosting server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more secure.

Low-Priced Domain Names Brought by 'lumenhost'

Only a small number of web hosting vendors enable you to modify given NS records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With us, you have a wide variety of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can edit all DNS records or forward the domain names through a forwarding tool at no added charge.