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How important is to locate cheap domain name?

One of the most essential requirements for establishing a successful web presence is the domain name. It is what visitors will mark first when they visit your website and what they will relate you with. The domain should be easy to remember, but should also be something that tells your web site's visitors what the website is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain traditionally has two constituents - 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 several groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine before you pick the domain you wish. Your decision should depend on the goal of your web page and on its target spectators. Let's analyze the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domain Names aimed to designate a specific intention - .com (commercial entities), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informational websites), .org (organizations of a non-commercial character), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (persons or families), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these TLDs cover most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would show the aim of your web page best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domain names, but some of them contain extra procedures to show that you qualify to register such a domain name (.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. Selecting such a Top-Level Domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a specific country. Many folks would sooner buy commodities or services from a local site, and if your target is Canada, for example, opting for a .ca domain could increase the visits to your web page.

Domain Name Forwarding

You can register a number of domain names, which can redirect your visitors to a particular site such as domain.com, for example. This would boost the traffic and reduce the likelihood of someone pilfering your site visitors by using the same SLD with another Top-Level Domain Name - if you are not using a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Each domain name has domain name records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) reveal where the domain name is hosted, i.e. they point to the web hosting firm whose name servers (NSs, a.k.a. DNSs) it is utilizing at the moment. You can substitute the DNSs of your domain name at all times. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain name and detect decent website hosting services somewhere else later, you can point your domain name to the present provider's NSs straight off.

Domain Name Server Records (NS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain uses a given pair of DNSs, all its records will lead to the same web site hosting provider. Some web hosting distributors, however, allow you to modify given domain name server records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which shows on which web hosting server your web page is located, while the MX records reveal which web server tackles the e-mail accounts related to your domain name. For instance, if you appoint a new site designer and he build an .ASP web site that will be hosted on his private Windows hosting server, you may wish to alter only the Internet Protocol address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. Hence, www.domain.com will point to the Windows server, but your e-mails or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web page hosting account. The .ASP environment is designed by Microsoft and requires a Windows server, although a Linux web server would be far more secure.

Budget TLDs Supplied by 'Free Hostia'

Just a small number of web hosting providers permit you to edit certain records and very frequently this an extra paid service. With Free Hostia , you have an extensive collection of Top-Level Domains to pick from and you can modify all NS records or forward the domains via a redirection tool at no extra cost. For that reason, 'Free Hostia' would be your best choice when it comes to handling your domain and to building a successful presence on the World Wide Web.