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How crucial can an affordable domain name be?

One of the most important preconditions for having a successful web presence is the domain. It is what visitors will notice first when they come across your web page and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to remember, but should also be something that informs your site's visitors what the site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name as a rule has 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a few sets of TLDs that you should contemplate prior to selecting the domain you desire. Your selection should rest on the aim of your website and on its target audience. Let's take a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domain Names - these are the most widespread TLDs intended to designate a particular purpose - .com (business establishments), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative sites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domain Names cover most spheres of life, so you should opt for the one that would indicate the intention of your website best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them contain additional requirements to prove that you are eligible to register such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Registering such a TLD is good if your target group of website visitors is from a given country. Many people would like to buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your aim is Canada, for example, getting a .ca TLD could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Redirection

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

Name Servers (NSs)

Every TLD has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) indicate where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting vendor whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can swap the NSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and stumble upon good website hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the current provider's name servers at once.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

In general, as long as your domain name uses a particular set of NSs, all its NS records will point to the same web space hosting provider. Some hosting firms, however, permit you to edit certain records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which hosting server your web site is situated, while the MX records show which web server handles the e-mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web page designer and he creates an .ASP site that will be hosted on his personal Windows web hosting server, you may want to edit just the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. Hence, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows hosting server, but your electronic mail accounts or any sub-domains such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web site hosting account. The .ASP environment is built by Microsoft and demands a Windows hosting server, although a Linux web hosting server would be way more secure.

Affordable Top-Level Domains Provided by 'EtqanIS'

Only a number of web hosting suppliers allow you to edit given domain name server records and quite often this an additional paid service. With EtqanIS , you have an immense collection of Top-Level Domains to select from and you can edit all domain records or forward the domain names via a forwarding tool at no additional charge. Therefore, 'EtqanIS' would be your best choice when it comes to handling your domain and to building a successful presence on the web.