Whoever wants to have the things big, simply needs a domain name. As registering it is the first step to publishing your website, choosing the right name is the cornerstone of your website’s future success. Choosing the right TLD is an important part of this. Let’s take a closer look at this process, shall we?
According to Wikipedia domain is an essential part of the Internet domain name hierarchy, a virtual label indicating your ownership, a unique record in the worldwide WHOIS database. As it is merely a record, it should be stored in some special files, called zone files, stored on special servers, called nameservers. Those nameservers are operated by the Registry companies, who were given rights by the ICANN (Internet Authority of Assigned Names and Numbers, the global Internet overseeing organization) to do so.
Every Registry operates certain .TLD’s – Top-Level Doman names. .com and .net names, for example, are operated by the VeriSign; .org names are operated by Afilias, etc. So, basically, .TLD is the ending part of the name you choose, the one making it unique: abc.com, abc.net, abc.org are 3 different, unique names.
There are several groups of .TLD’s available: open registration like .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz and a bunch of others; generic .TLD’s like .name or .pro which require proof of legitimacy of your registration; country code .TLD’s which will be described later.
Due to never-ending requests from Registries and common Internet users, ICANN applied several additional .TLD’s (quite a bunch actually) to increase the available course of actions, and this process is going on.
Incredible popularity of .com led to 95% of sound, short and bright names with it being taken shortly:
This question is very important… and really senseless at the same time. How so? Okay, .com is the most popular one. Many people assume your domain ends with .com automatically, thus it is easier to remember the name. However, .com names cost as much as .net or .info or .biz ones with most providing companies. They have the same terms of service, same peculiarities and same expiration policy as the rest of the popular .TLD’s and they really give no difference, with the exception on ccTLD’s.
What are ccTLD’s then? They are so-called country code .TLD’s, meaning they are provided not by international companies and for everyone worldwide, but by certain governmental authorities of the country and mainly for the residents and citizens of that country. .co.uk names are incredibly popular in the United Kingdom, as well as .com.au is only for Australians and .us can be registered only by the United States resident or company. These domains require proofs of your citizenship to be registered and have some peculiarities in registration and management.
However, having .com name does not mean you are a winner already. It is merely the first step on a long road to success.
Domain industry offers nearly unlimited possibilities for determined and persistent people. If you aim for success and have a bright name in mind – choose the .TLD fitting you best along with the registrar company suiting you most and start your way to glory and success today! Subscribe to our blog to get the latest news!
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