Domain Name FAQ

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Domain Names

What is a TLD?

TLD is an acronym for top level domain. There are two types of top level domains –

Generic Top Level Domains: Commonly referred to as gTLD. Includes .com, .net, .org, .edu, .gov and over a dozen others.

Country Code Top Level Domains: Commonly referred to as ccTLD. Includes .uk (United Kingdom) and .us (United States), as well as a ccTLD for almost every other country.

ccTLDs

What’s the Difference Between a URL and a Domain Name?

Because of the technical nature of this question, the easiest way to explain it is with an example –

Domain Name: seohosting.com

URL: http://www.seohosting.com

What is a Domain Registrar?

A domain registrar is a company that is accredited to manage domain name reservations. Currently, the top ten domain registrars according to volume are:

GoDaddy
eNom
Tucows
Network Solutions
1&1
Melbourne IT
Wild West Domains
Directi Internet Solutions
Moniker
Register.com

What is Domaining?

Domaining is a broad terms that refers to a business that focuses on buying, monetizing, selling and/or developing domain names. A domainer is someone who engages in domaining.

Because of the broad nature of the term, domainers can have different primary focuses. While one domainer may primarily focus on buying domain names from other domainers and then reselling them to end users, another domainer’s primary focus may be registering domain names from a registrar and developing them into websites with content.

What is Cybersquatting?

Cybersquatting refers to the practice of registering a trademark domain name in bad faith. The goal of cybersquatting can be to benefit from misguided traffic or resell the domain name to the trademark owner for a profit.

What is ICANN?

ICANN is an acronym for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. ICANN is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to manage IP address spaces, accredit registrars and handle domain name ownership disputes.

What’s the Best gTLD?

Dot Com

While there will always be people with other opinions, most agree that .COM is the best gTLD. There are several reasons for this prevailing opinion –

Most Popular: There are currently close to 90 million registered .COM domain names. .NET is the second most popular gTLD, and there are currently a little over 13 million registered.

Stood the Test of Time: Over the past decade, multiple new gTLDs have been introduced and hyped as “the next .COM.” However, none of these gTLDs have lived up to their hype, while .COM has continued to retain its position as the most popular gTLD.

Most Invested: Companies have spent billions of dollars that include their .COM domain name. Therefore, consumers are programmed to add .COM to the end of any domain name that they type into their browser.

Most Brandable: Because so much advertising has already been created around .COM domain names, it is the easiest gTLD for a company to brand. While it’s not impossible to brand another gTLD, this will inevitably lead to some traffic being lost as a result of consumers still typing in .COM out of habit.

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