Domain names

What are Domain Names?

Domain names are human-readable addresses used to access websites on the internet. Rather than typing in a complex IP address (a series of numbers), a domain name provides a simple and memorable way to reach online content. Each domain name consists of a second-level domain (SLD) - the unique part of the domain that typically reflects the name of the business or service - and a top-level domain (TLD), which categorizes the domain's broad purpose or geographic location.

Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

Generic Top-Level Domains, or gTLDs, are global domain extensions that are generally available for registration. They are not tied to a specific country or territory and often indicate the nature or the sector of the website. Organizations, businesses, and individuals can choose from a variety of gTLDs to best represent their online identity.

Examples of gTLDs:

.com – Commercial business: [businessname].com

.org – Nonprofit organizations: [organization].org

.net – Network organizations: [serviceprovider].net

.info – Informational sites: [infowebsite].info

.edu – Educational institutions: [universityname].edu

Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)

Country Code Top-Level Domains, or ccTLDs, are two-letter domain extensions reserved for a country, sovereign state, or dependent territory identified with a country code. They are often used by entities wishing to reach or represent a specific geographic audience.

Examples of ccTLDs:

.eu – European Union: [brandname].eu

.be – Belgium: [businessname].be

.uk – United Kingdom: [companyname].uk

.de – Germany: [business].de

Last modified: 2024-01-29
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