One of the most crucial requirements for building a successful web presence are the domains. It is what people will spot first when they come across your web page and what they will associate you with. The domain should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that tells your site's visitors what the site is about.
A domain traditionally is composed of 2 components - a Top-Level Domain (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain Name (SLD). If you have domain.com, for instance, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain. There are a couple of groups of Top-Level Domains that you should examine before you choose the domain name you want. Your selection should be built upon the goal of your site and on its target viewers. Let's take a look at the gTLDs, or generic Top-Level Domains - these are the most common Top-Level Domains meant to signify a particular function - .com (business establishments), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (firms), .info (informative web sites), .org (organizations), .mobi (mobile devices), .asia (the Asia-Pacific), .name (individuals or families), .pro (specific professions), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most realms of life, so you should opt for the one that would depict the purpose of your site best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domain Names, but some of them contain extra requirements to demonstrate that you are eligible to possess such a domain name (.mobi and .pro, for example).
The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domain Names, are country-specific Top-Level Domains. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a domain is good if your target group of site visitors is from a given country. Many individuals would sooner purchase goods or services from a local site, and if your aim is Canada, for example, registering a .ca Top-Level Domain Name could boost the visits to your site.
You can register a bunch of domains, which can send your visitors to a specific web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would raise the traffic and reduce the chance of somebody snatching your website visitors by registering the same name with another TLD - if you are not using a trademark.
Each Top-Level Domain Name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, a.k.a. DNS records) demonstrate 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 using now. You can replace the NSs of your domain at any time. You can have your domain registered with one company and get the site hosting service itself from another. Thus, if you register your domain and come across good shared web hosting plans someplace else later, you can point your domain name to the present company's NSs at once.
In general, as long as your domain utilizes a certain pair of name servers, all its domain name records will lead to the same web space hosting firm. Some hosting providers, though, permit you to edit specific domain name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which reveals on which server your website is hosted, while the MX records indicate which server handles the mail aliases associated with your domain. For example, if you engage a new website designer and he build an .ASP site that will be situated on his private Windows web hosting server, you may desire to change only the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain name. So, www.domain.com will direct to the Windows web server, but your electronic mails 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 developed by Microsoft and requires a Windows web hosting server, although a Linux web server would be far more stable.
Just a small number of web space hosting vendors allow you to modify certain NS records and quite frequently this an additional paid service. With NTChosting, you get an enormous selection of Top-Level Domain Names to choose from and you can modify all DNS records or redirect the domains using a forwarding tool at no extra charge. Because of that, NTChosting would be your finest choice when it comes to handling your domains and to setting up 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|