Written by Jessica Ann on March 5th, 2014
How to Understand the New Domain Name Extensions
Not long ago, experts believed the Internet was too full. They wanted to keep new websites closed – and digitally shuttle businesses into a virtual waiting room, where they’d wait and wonder when their website would be available.
Yes. The world of websites has officially gone weird.
People want more personal touch in the digital marketplace. And now because of these things called TLDs, it’s possible. The abbreviation stands for Top Level Domain and it refers to the part of a website address after the dot.
So .com, .net, and .org are all examples.
Until July 2013 there weren’t many TLDs available, and they were not that good. This is why most businesses went for a .com and remains the most coveted type of name. But unless you have a unique business name you’re unlikely to find a .com that is available. So you either had to sacrifice a smooth business name, or sacrifice the TLD that you chose.
But in July 2013, the organization responsible for things like domain names – ICANN – opened the virtual floodgates on TLDs. It essentially meant that almost any combination of three letters or more could be put up for sale. And since November 2013 they have started to become available.
It is a slow process with many of the domains not being released until late 2014 or even later. But it is worth highlighting the ones with the greatest potential – and those that are a bit interesting.
Top New Domain Name Extensions
Other Interesting New TLDs to Look Out For
A New TLD Can Help You Stand Out
The weird world of the Internet may be a crowded, noisy place. But you can rise above the noise with a coveted TLD. Don’t wait in the waiting room. Purchase one (or more) of these top-level domains when it becomes available in your industry. You’ll stand out and stand up to those experts who once believed the Internet was too crowded.
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