One of the most important requirements for building a successful online presence are the domains. It is what people will see first when they visit your web page and what they will link you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your web site's visitors what the website is about.
A domain usually consists of two constituents - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the TLD and "domain" is the SLD. There are several categories of Top-Level Domain Names that you should examine prior to selecting the domain name you wish. Your choice should be based on the intention of your web site and on its target visitors. Let's have a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domains intended to express a particular function - .com (business entities), .net (networks), .biz (companies), .info (informative web sites), .org (non-profit organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific region), .name (individuals or relatives), .pro (particular professions), and so on. As you can see, these Top-Level Domains cover most realms of life, so you should settle on the one that would express the aim of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such domains, but some of them involve extra requirements to show that you qualify to possess such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for instance).
The ccTLDs, or country-code TLDs, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Settling on such a TLD is good if your target group of site visitors is from a particular country. Many folks would rather purchase goods or services from a local web site, and if your goal is Canada, for example, choosing a .ca Top-Level Domain Name could boost the visits to your website.
You can register a number of domains, which can forward your web page's visitors to a given site such as domain.com, for example. This would raise the traffic and decrease the possibility of somebody snatching your website visitors by using the same SLD with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.
Each and every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, aka DNS records) show where the domain is hosted, i.e. they point to the hosting distributor whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can substitute the name servers of your domain name whenever you wish. You can have your domain name registered with one provider and get the website hosting service itself from another. In this way, if you register your domain and discover decent shared web hosting solutions someplace else at a later time, you can point your domain name to the new company's NSs straight off.
In general, as long as your domain name uses a specific set of name servers, all its name server records will direct to the same web space hosting provider. Some web hosting firms, however, enable you to modify given domain name server records, such as the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which demonstrates on which web server your web page is located, whereas the MX records designate which web hosting server handles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you engage a new web designer and he develops an .ASP web page that will be hosted on his own Windows server, you may wish to alter just the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your e-mail box accounts or any sub-domain names such as forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux web site hosting account. The .ASP platform is devised by Microsoft and necessitates a Windows server, although a Linux server would be way more reliable.
Only a number of website hosting suppliers enable you to modify specific records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With NTC Hosting, you get a large selection of Top-Level Domains to choose from and you can modify all domain name server records or forward the domains using a forwarding tool at no added charge. That is why, NTC Hosting would be your best choice when it comes to managing your domain names and to creating a successful presence on the web.
|Universal TLDs||1-year||2-years||10-years||with Hosting|
|.COM (Commercial)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.NET (Network)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.BIZ (Business)||$11.45 USD||$22.90 USD||$114.50 USD|
|.ORG (Non-Commercial)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|.INFO (Information)||$11.00 USD||$22.00 USD||$110.00 USD|
|Country Code TLDs||1-year||2-years||10-years||Domain |
|.US (United States)||$10.00 USD||$20.00 USD||$100.00 USD|
|.CA (Canada)||$14.00 USD||$28.00 USD||$140.00 USD||$14.00 USD|
|.COM.AU (Austraila)||$29.00 USD||$145.00 USD||$29.00 USD|
|.EU (European Union)||$7.00 USD||$14.00 USD||$70.00 USD|
|.CO.UK (United Kingdom)||$15.00 USD||$75.00 USD||$15.00 USD|