Guide to Domain Name Extensions
Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) & Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs)
Find out the difference between Top Level Domains and Country Code Top Level Domains. Discover which domain name extensions are the most popular, Country Code Domains with global appeal, new generic Top Level Domain and useful links.
Generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs)
- Currently there are nearly two dozen Generic Top Level Domains available.
- Examples of the most well known TLDs: .COM | .NET | .ORG | .INFO
- For a complete list of domain extensions visit: Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
Country Code Top level Domains (ccTLDs)
- There are almost 250 Country Code Top Level Domains currently available.
- These two letter extensions correspond to each individual country or territory around the world.
- Examples: .cn – China | .de – Germany | .jp – Japan | .co.uk – United Kingdom | .us – United States
- Domain registration restrictions apply to some of the Country Code Top Level Domains.
- ccTLDs that have become popular globally, include: .co | .tv | .me | .so | .be | .fm | .md | .it
Top 10 Most Popular Domain Extensions
- The top 10 most popular domain name extensions shown in order of popularity:
- .com | .de | .net | .uk | .org | .info | .nl | .eu | .cn | .ru
- These account for approximately 61% of all domain extensions.
New gTLD | Apply for your own .anything Domain Extension
Buy your own Generic Top Level Domain suffix – If your organisation is able to invest $185,000 + operating costs you can apply for your own domain name extension.
- Example: YourDivision.YourBrandName
- Application Deadline: Closed 30 May 2012 (Next application round TBA)
- For further details on the registration process visit: Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ICANN.
- Read news articles relating to the new gTLDs, visit our Domain News page.
- Find out more about the New gTLD applications.
Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
- IDNs are domain names that contain none Latin characters such as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian etc.
- Example: сплавы.com (Technically this domain is XN–80AEZPJ8D.COM).
- View some examples of our Internationalized Domain Names for Sale.
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