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.
Don’t Let Your Domain Name Ideas Slip Through Your Fingers
Normally our blogs are about tips on how to create domain names, developing domain names even what domain names are and how to register them so we thought we would do something a little bit different today.
Today we want to bring you a bit of a warning and that is, as you’re developing ideas for your company, business or product you’re probably likely to come up with several different names and therefor domain names.
Here’s the blog tip for domain names for you, register these domains as soon as possible and if you can afford it register all of them until you decide which one you’re going to go with. We’re bringing this up because recently we’ve had a client who was considering a domain name on our site and when they came back to our site, the domain name was gone and already being used by someone else.
That means these people took all that time, effort and money to come up with a domain name / company name that they were no longer able to use, don’t let this happen to you.
As your creating your business and product names and corresponding domains, snap those domain names up as soon as you can, and as for mentioned, if you can afford it, snap up all of your ideas.
There is a secondary market for the domain names that you’re not using so you can get some of the money you paid for them back.
Don’t waste money and time develop these domains just to have them swiped out from under your feet, buy your domain name ideas today!
If you have any domain names tips or advice we’d love to hear it, either contact us or post your thoughts below. We’d also be happy to hear your ideas for future domain blogs post.
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!
How to Find a Domain Name on DomFind
DomFind is the best place to find a domain name for your business or company but, now that you’re here, how exactly do you find the perfect domain name?
Well there are a three main ways to find the perfect domain on DomFind, type a name in the search, find a name in category and the Find Your Domain Now button, all of which we’ll be discussing individually.
When you come to DomFind, you may have a name or partial name that you are looking to find in a domain. For example you may need or want to have the name “blue” in your domain name. Whatever the reason, you’re looking for “blue” in the domain name that you’re looking for. Be it that you’re starting a blues club or you just love the color, you’re advertisements are going to be blue, whatever.
On the top right of our home page, or on top right of every page there is a black box with the words “Enter a short word or partial word” and a “Go” button. This is the “word search box,” and this will be your best friend if you’re looking for a specific word.
Just putting “blue” in the search box, we have found with several great domain names that include “blue” in different ways. Below are a few of our search results that were available as of the day I did this search:
BluesAmerica.com ComedyBlue.com CorBlue.com
GygaBlue.com LexBlue.com NewBlueberry.com
PrepBlues.com PyBlue.com RyBlue.com
Find a Domain Name for Your Business:
You can see that the word “blue” came up in the beginning, middle and at the end. If you’re looking for a specific word this may just be the way to go.
Another way to search is using our Category list on the side of our page. This list has specific categories such as, Real Estate Domain Names, Education Domain Names, Animal and Veterinary Domain Names and much more definitive categories but, there are other categories you should have a look at as well.
Sometimes you don’t necessarily need a name in a specific category rather you want a name in with a type of feeling. Maybe you want a domain name that’s cool or clever domain name, how about a domain name that’s funny, or a fresh sounding domain name or you want a domain name for kids, perhaps a luxurious sounding domain name, you get our point.
Think about what kind of domain name or company name you need and think outside of the box, my may just be surprised by how a domain name in a descriptive category may just be the best name you never thought of!
I hope that this blog post helped and please, if you have any questions about the post or about finding a domain name on our site please feel free to contact the DomFind team. Also if you are interested in any of the above Global Domain Names please let us know!
Thank for checking out the DomFind blog and Vlog. The last Vlog we presented was How to Find a Domain Name but, then we got to thinking, what exactly makes a domain name so appealing or powerful?
We got together and came up with 5 Quick Domain Name Tips that go into making a powerful domain name. It doesn’t matter what type of company or product you are, you need to find a domain name. Likewise, the chances are your domain name is going to be your company name, so you had better make it a powerful one.
Check out our 5 Quick Tips for a Powerful Domain Name:
Our findings and discussions can be brought down to 5 key factors for a company name and they are as follows:
- Don’t wait do secure a domain name. Matt will tell you more in the video but often people develop their business then look for a domain name and can’t find it. Don’t let this happen to you.
- Find a domain name that is less than 10 letters in length. The Vlog will tell you why this is so important, just think easy to remember and communicate.
- Avoid dashes and hyphens. Where do they go and they’re incredibly difficult to communicate.
- Complicated spelling and often confused words should be avoided in your domain name. What words are we talking about? (watch the video)
- Only dot-com domain names are acceptable.
You have to watch the video as Matt goes into each deeper and with great examples and explanations.
Thanks for reading and watching and we welcome your thoughts and any ideas you have for future blogs, please just post them below.
Welcome and thanks for checking out the first of many Vlogs about domain names to come. We know that people learn in all different ways so, in an effort to bring you everything we know about domain names, we’re going bring it to you in different ways, first it was our blog and now the Vlogs.
Our first Vlog is how to find a domain name on our site, brought to you by our Domain Naming Team and in this case, Matt.
In this Vlog he discusses how to use the category list on the left hand side of the website so you can get to the particular area of our website where you’ll find the most fitting domain names for your venture.
Matt will also discuss how, if you need a specific word or part of word included in your domain name, how to use our Domain Name Search Bar at the top right hand side of our site. Here you can check our entire inventory for any of the domain names which include a word or part of word.
Thanks for checking out our first Vlog, and we’re always glad to hear your requests for Vlogs or blogs so, please post them below or on our YouTube page and we’re always happy to get your Domain Name Questions and Answers.
Thanks for reading and watching!