Top Level Domain Names (TLDs) are becoming a real complex issue with so many new ones coming to the market. It is difficult to keep up with how many there are.
A TLD is the extension you see at the right of the dot as in google.com (COM is the TLD). The best known tld’s are – .com, .org, and .net.
Is your business going to be country specific? If so then a country code top level domain will be fine (CCTLD). Remember it will difficult if not impossible to change to a dot com at a later time, as its almost certain to be taken. You need to be certain your business is going to remain country specific and not go global at a later date.
When looking to register a country code TLD you need to check the requirements of the registrar some allow people to register a domain name wherever they are resident. Some only allow registrations from people who are residents of that country.
Virtually all countries have their own TLD, some better known examples below:
I will be putting the full list of country codes on a seperate resource page in the near future, so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference.
Let’s move on to the new generic TLD’s; there are so many of them it’s hard to know where to begin. Personally I think the domain market is being swamped with unnecessary, unwanted domain name extensions. (Just my view for what it is worth).
When people type in the name of a website into google and other search engines, most will include .COM at the end, it’s what they’ve always done and breaking that mould will be very difficult indeed; if not impossible.
Now there are literally hundreds and hundreds of new GTLD’s, I can’t see how any but a small few can make any impression on the market.
Here is a small example example of what’s on offer below:
Again I will be making a seperate resource page with what seems to be a never ending list of new gTLD’s.
As you can see there is no simple solution, when it comes to choosing a TLD.
My view is to stick with the tried and tested domain extensions. Dot Com will always be the number one as far as I can see. Get your country code tld if you are sure you will limit your business to targeting people from that location.
Good luck with your ventures.