What In Fact is a Domain Name?

One of the most vital prerequisites for creating a successful Internet presence is the domain. It is what people will discern first when they discover your site and what they will link you with. The domain name should be easy to memorize, but should also be something that notifies your visitors what the web site is about.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A domain name usually consists of two fragments - a Top-Level Domain Name (TLD) and a Second-Level Domain (SLD). If you have domain.com, for example, ".com" is the Top-Level Domain and "domain" is the Second-Level Domain Name. There are a few groups of Top-Level Domain Names that you should contemplate prior to choosing the domain name you wish. Your selection should depend on the aim of your site and on its target viewers. Let's take a glance at the gTLDs, or generic TLDs - these are the most widespread Top-Level Domain Names intended to signify a specific function - .com (commercial organizations), .net (network infrastructures), .biz (companies), .info (informational web sites), .org (not-for-profit organizations), .mobi (handheld devices), .asia (the Asia Pacific), .name (persons or relatives), .pro (particular walks of life), and so on. As you can perceive, these Top-Level Domains cover most spheres of life, so you should opt for the one that would denote the aim of your website best. There is no limitation as to who can register such Top-Level Domains, but some of them contain additional requirements to prove that you qualify to keep such a TLD (.mobi and .pro, for instance).

Country-code Top-Level Domain Names (ccTLDs)

The ccTLDs, or country-code Top-Level Domains, are country-specific Top-Level Domain Names. Each country has its own ccTLD. Picking such a Top-Level Domain is good if your target group of web site visitors is from a particular country. Many guys would want to buy commodities or services from a local web site, and if your target is Canada, for instance, registering a .ca TLD could boost the visits to your web page.

URL Redirection

You can register several domains, which can send your site's visitors to a specific web site such as domain.com, for instance. This would boost the traffic and decrease the chance of somebody snatching your web page visitors by using the same Second-Level Domain with another TLD - if you are not availing of a trademark.

Name Servers (NSs)

Every domain name has domain records. The name server records (NS records, also known as DNS records) indicate where the domain is hosted, in other words they point to the hosting company whose name servers (NSs, aka DNSs) it is using at present. You can alter the name servers of your domain name whenever you like. You can have your domain name registered with one company and get the web site hosting service itself from another. Hence, if you register your domain name and stumble upon decent shared web hosting plans someplace else afterwards, you can point your domain name to the new company's name servers immediately.

Domain Name Server Records (DNS Records)

On the whole, as long as your domain utilizes a specific set of NSs, all its domain name records will direct to the same web hosting company. Some website hosting providers, though, allow you to modify specific name server records, including the A records and the MX records of your domain name. The A record is an Internet Protocol address, which exhibits on which web hosting server your website is located, while the MX records reveal which web server tackles the mail aliases related to your domain name. For instance, if you take on a new website designer and he sets up an .ASP web site that will be situated on his personal Windows web server, you may wish to change solely the IP address (the A record) but not the MX records of your domain. In this way, www.domain.com will point to the Windows hosting server, but your e-mail boxes or any sub-domains like forum.domain.com or shop.domain.com will still be in your current Linux webspace hosting account. The .ASP platform is built by Microsoft and calls for a Windows server, even though a Linux web server would be far more secure.

Affordable TLDs Provided by NTC Hosting

Just a number of webspace hosting companies enable you to edit certain name server records and quite frequently this an extra paid service. With NTC Hosting, you have an immense variety of Top-Level Domain Names to pick from and you can edit all domain records or redirect the domains through a redirection tool at no additional charge. For that reason, NTC Hosting would be your finest choice when it comes to administering your domain and to building 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
.PRO (Proffesional) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.CO (Company) $26.00 USD $52.00 USD $260.00 USD $26.00 USD
.TV (Television) $28.00 USD $56.00 USD $280.00 USD $28.00 USD
.NAME (Personal) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.WS (Website) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.MOBI (Mobile) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.CC (Abriviations) $22.00 USD $44.00 USD $220.00 USD $22.00 USD
.WE.BS (Website) $4.50 USD $9.00 USD $45.00 USD $4.50 USD
.NU (NEW) $60.00 USD $300.00 USD $60.00 USD
.ASIA (Asia) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
Country Code TLDs 1-year 2-years 10-years Domain
with Hosting
.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
.NET.AU (Austraila) $14.50 USD $29.00 USD $145.00 USD $14.50 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
.ME.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.ORG.UK (United Kingdom) $15.00 USD $75.00 USD $15.00 USD
.DE (Germany) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD
.AT (Austria) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.BE (Belgium) $10.00 USD $20.00 USD $100.00 USD $10.00 USD
.IT (Italy) $34.00 USD $68.00 USD $340.00 USD $34.00 USD
.ES (Spain) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.ME (Montenegro) $16.00 USD $32.00 USD $160.00 USD $16.00 USD
.NL (Netherlands) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.SE (Sweden) $15.00 USD $30.00 USD $150.00 USD $15.00 USD
.RU (Russia) $7.00 USD $14.00 USD $70.00 USD $7.00 USD
.CO.NZ (New Zealand) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.NET.NZ (New Zealand) $18.00 USD $36.00 USD $180.00 USD $18.00 USD
.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.COM.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.ORG.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.IDV.TW (Taiwan) $25.00 USD $50.00 USD $250.00 USD $25.00 USD
.JP (Japan) $55.00 USD $110.00 USD $550.00 USD $55.00 USD
.IN (India) $11.00 USD $22.00 USD $110.00 USD $11.00 USD
.CO.ZA (South Africa) $14.00 USD $28.00 USD $140.00 USD $14.00 USD
.COM.MX (Mexico) $48.00 USD $48.00 USD