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How valuable can an affordable domain name be?

One of the most crucial requirements for establishing a successful Internet presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will see first when they come across your site and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that informs your website's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domain Names (gTLDs)

A domain name typically has two components - 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 Name and "domain" is the SLD. There are a couple of sets of TLDs that you should contemplate before you pick the domain you want. Your decision should be built upon the intention of your web site and on its target viewers. Let's have a gaze at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most popular TLDs meant to denote a specific purpose - .com (commercial establishments), .net (networks), .biz (businesses), .info (informative web sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (qualified professionals), etc. As you can see, these TLDs cover most spheres of life, so you should choose the one that would express the intention of your web site best. There is no restriction as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them include additional procedures to verify that you qualify to register 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 Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Opting for such a domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a particular country. Many persons would want to buy commodities or services from a local web page, and if your goal is Canada, for example, registering a .ca Top-Level Domain could increase the visits to your site.

URL Redirection

You can register different Top-Level Domains, which can redirect your website's visitors to a certain site such as domain.com, for example. This would increase the traffic and lower the risk of someone pilfering your web page visitors by registering the same SLD with a different Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not utilizing a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each and every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, in other words they point to the web hosting provider whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at the moment. You can replace the DNSs of your domain whenever you like. You can have your domain registered with one firm and get the web hosting service itself from another. So, if you register your domain and find good website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain to the current company's DNSs right away.

Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain name uses a certain pair of NSs, all its domain name records will direct to the same hosting firm. Some web site hosting vendors, however, allow you to modify given DNS records, among them the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which specifies on which server your website is located, while the MX records reveal which hosting server tackles the mailbox accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you hire a new web page designer and he develops an .ASP site that will be situated on his own Windows hosting server, you may wish to change solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows web hosting server, but your email mailboxes or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your present Linux web space hosting account. The .ASP environment is devised by Microsoft and requires a Windows web server, even though a Linux web hosting server would be way more stable.

Moderately Priced Top-Level Domain Names Delivered by 'APT Cloud'

Only a number of web hosting providers enable you to modify particular records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With APT Cloud , you get a large selection of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can edit all DNS records or redirect the domain names via a forwarding tool at no added cost. Therefore, 'APT Cloud' would be your finest choice when it comes to managing your domain and to setting up a successful presence on the World Wide Web.