What is a Top Level Domain?
If you’ve been looking find a domain name for your new business, product or even a blog you may have come across the term .TLD or Top Level Domain. You might be thinking, isn’t every domain name a top level domain or what exactly is a TLD or even, if there are Top Level Domains are there bottom level domains and if so how I can avoid them?
Where is the TLD on a Domain Name?
First off we must say that whatever type of domain that we’re talking about Top Level or otherwise, what we’re really looking at is the Domain Name Extension. The Domain Name Extension is what you call the last letters of a domain name, the ones past the “dot” or “.” This area is sometimes referred to as the “root” section of the domain name.
In the example of www.DomFind.com, the “.com” would be the Top Level Domain or TLD.
Let’s be 100% clear, a TLD is not a domain name extension, it can be but, there are other extensions that are NOT TLDs as we will see in this article.
All levels of domains, whether they’re top level or not need to have a Domain Name Extension otherwise they don’t work. If you have any question as to what a domain name is or to learn more about domain names, we have a great article all about that.
What Makes a Domain Name, a Top Level Domain?
In the beginning, no not of the universe but, the beginning of the internet, domain names were divided into three main sections.
These three are .com built for COMmercial, .edu for EDUcation and .gov for GOVernment.
Now TLD’s also include country codes, for example .ca for Canada and .uk for the United Kingdom.
Recently ICANN or the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has decided to expand what a TLD is to include .info for INFORmation as well.
Should I get a non TLD Domain Name?
The short answer is no. You’ll see that all the domain names you’ll find on DomFind are TLD’s and more specifically .coms. We never deal in anything other.
Since the beginning, as mention above, the .com domain name has been set up as the commercial or domain name. Since then it has become the go to for all businesses. Over the years ICANN has released more and more domain name extensions, you might have heard of them, domains like .comedy, .xxx, .film, .shop, .gay, .map and the list goes on and on.
Top Level Domains in today’s internet
Because of the release of all the domain name extensions by ICANN the original TLD’s have increased in value over the years. They have become the gold standard, as it were and the other domain names have become what are called Sponsored domain names.
To be honest with you, not to say you can’t find or be successful with one of these domain names but, you are far and away much better with a TLD and if you’re in business a .com domain name is just the only way to go.
There are just so many reasons why a .com domain name is the only way to go for business and all other online purposes, but that’s just another discussion for another blog.
As always thank you for reading and if you have any questions please post them blog and we’ll be happy to answer them as quickly and completely as possible.
Domain names are Property Just Like Everything Else
Domain names are valuable and they are treated just like any other commodity in the world so, when domain names go missing or transferred without ones knowledge the police can get involved.
Recently we were watching TMZ the celebrity news show and they were announcing a squabble between two miner celebrities Jeff Beacher the person behind Beacher’s Madhouse at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood and Shorty Rossi from the Animal Planet’s Pit Boss. Apparently these two use to work together and after they parted their ways, Beacher is claiming that so did his domain names.
Beacher claims that when Shorty left, he went into his domain name register and forwarded his domain names over to himself, presumably to make money off them, to hold them for ransom or just to hurt his former partner.
Beacher is also claiming domain name squatting. Squatting is when you are moving into someone’s Trademark Claim with your domain name, presumably to syphon off customers to make money, and it seems that Shorty had purchased many different domains really close to Beacher’s claim and even domain variations of Beacher’s name.
That was just too much for Beacher and he has filed suit. He is interested in having his domains returned, which he has valued at One Million dollars (including pain and suffering we sure) and the domains similar to his name handed over.
There are a few points to this fun blog about domain names, the first is you need to be careful, even with domains about getting too close to someone’s Trademark Claim. You also need to remember that domain names are treated just like any other kind of property and if you make off with them, there is repercussion and you can find yourself in hot water.
We just thought this would be a fun article about domain names but it is actually quite a serious matter, it’s just funny when celebrities get involved and not exactly what we were expecting when we turned on this celebrity news show!
If you hear of any great domain name stores involving celebrities, politicians or other funny stories, we’d love to hear them, you can send us an email or just post them below. We’d also love to hear if you have any questions about domain names we can answer or if you have any ideas for future domain name blogs.
The Internet of Things and Services and it’s effect on Domain Names
Recently the DomFind Team has been hearing a new term thrown around lately. The term is, the “Internet of Things” and sometimes expanded to the “Internet of Things and Services.”
It sounded so interesting we knew we need to do some investigatory work to find out what it is meant by the term and how it relates back into domain names, which is the key focus of our company.
What is the Internet of Things?
The term Internet of things refers to the connectivity of people to objects and objects to objects all through the internet.
Dr. Stefan Ferber of Bosch Software Innovations, writing for the Harvard Business Review states that by the year 2015, not only will 75% of the world’s people be connected to the internet by smart phones, computers and other devices, but an additional six billion objects or “things” will be as well.
This worldwide connection of people and objects is the “Internet of Things.”
Basically when you’re reaching for your iPhone to turn on your hot tub from inside the house, turning on your heat or air conditioner from work, turning on your lights before you get home, this is all part of the Internet of Things.
In the future we’re going to be more connected with more people and even more things.
How will this effect domain names?
With more and more people going on line, more and more people will be needing domain names whatever it is they’re doing. We might see that some of these objects or “things” will need their own domain name as well. We’re already going to the website of our thermostat to turn down the heat or logging into our security system through their website.
While sometimes we will be using our devises to open and close doors and turn on or off our lights the businesses behind the action taken will need domain names and the corresponding apps to go along with them.
This need for more domain names or IP’s on the internet will only drive up prices and make good domain names scarcer. We will see the rise in price and competition for those domain names which fit the criteria of the ones everyone wants:
- Short in Length
- Easy to Spell
- Easy to Communicate
While this may force the industry to open up to new domain name extensions, (i.e. – .asia or .net) I believe the dot-com extension will always be the first or the go to, king of the domains.
If you’re interested in learning more about the Internet of Things, way better than I could explain it, and in a more expanded manner and click on the link to read more in the Harvard Business Review.
We’ve also added Dr. Ferber YouTube video where he draws it out on a big board to help you visualize it better.
So what do you think about the Internet of Things and the fact that your thermistat will be talking to your fridge? Does this idea scare you our are you excited for your automated car to tell the oven to heat dinner; we’d love to know.
Get Your Domain Name Questions Answered
We’re really excited to be more interactive with our readers and to answer the many, many questions we’ve received. We’ve been taking and will continue to collect all the questions you have about domain names, and we mean the good, the bad and the ugly.
For example, some of the questions we’ve received for example are: what are domain names exactly, how domain names work, how long should my domain name be, can I still find a short domain name, how much should I pay for a domain name for my business and the list goes on and on. We’ve addressed many of those questions with blogs and articles but we wanted to do a little more.
That said we’ve added this “Readers Ask… Our Experts Answer” section to our home page, toward the bottom, where we will pose these questions with a one or two sentence answer. This will be followed by a link to a more expanded explanation where we can delve into the subject more.
So, that said, SEND US YOUR QUESTIONS! Please let us know if you have any questions and my just answer yours in our new section. Please send your questions to us via our Contact Us page or just add it below in this blog in the form of a comment.
Thanks for reading and we look forward to getting your questions!
We get this question all the time, is a shorter domain name better or is a long tail descriptive domain name better?
I think the question here is, I can’t get the shore domain name that I want, so is it better to look for another domain name that is short or do I just keep adding qualifiers, creating a long tail domain name, until the domain name is available?
We say, and all research agrees, go with another short domain name. So many people keep adding qualifiers and numbers and hyphens and all sorts of crazy things to their domain name so they get the one they want but it just doesn’t work. They think the more junk they throw into the domain they are going to get one they like and they just wind up confusing people.
Let’s give an example so you know what we’re talking about. Let’s say you’re a real estate broker, well Home.com is gone so is RealEstate.com so you decide that you’re going to try RealEstateCa.com but that’s gone, so is RealEstateSoCa.com. Many people then think, RealEstateSoCalRental.com would be a good idea or even Real-Estate-SoCal-Rental1.com might be a good idea, it’s not!
The studies have shown that the longer the domain name the more chances there are for someone to misspell, miss communicate it or not remember it. Think about each and every letter or character in the name as an opportunity for someone to type the name wrong. As we all know, your domain name is really just your address where people can find you, if someone types your domain name in wrong, they are just getting lost.
If you don’t think that is a problem, just think, every time someone gets lost on the way to your address, they might be going to your competition and that’s the problem.
Short Domain Name you Can Find on DomFind:
People also aren’t going to type Real-Estate-SoCal-Rental1.com, they’re going to type, RealEstate.com or RealEstateSoCal.com they are never going to find you, and they are going to be going to the other real estate company, who will only be too happy to take their business.
So here’s our advice: find another domain name. There are plenty of other domain names that are perfect for the Real Estate industry. In fact, we have a few hundred domain names perfect for real estate on our site, all .com and all ready to go. If you don’t like the domains on our site, fine, there are other domain name sites, just find something short.
If you want to read more about why shorter domain names are better for business we have another article with a few more points that you might want to read.
Please let us know what you think about this article by posing something below. We’d also love to hear some real life experiences even if you don’t agree with us.
Do you have a disaster story involving a long tail domain name? Or even if you want to suggest other blog topics we’d be more than happy to hear them and discuss them at a later time.
Thanks for reading!