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What is a gTLD and why does it matter to me?
The many new domains now becoming available on the web are called gTLDs or generic Top-Level Domains (TLDs). Like the original TLDs – .COM, .ORG, .NET – the new gTLDs are part of what people type into the address bar of their web browsers to get to your website.
Thanks to these new domains, your website address can now describe who you are or what you do. For example, .PHOTOGRAPHY, .BUILD and .ATTORNEY all tell visitors something about what you offer. With a gTLD, you get a web address that’s specific to you and easy to remember so you can find more customers online.
Why are there new TLDs?
The short answer is, to increase your web naming options.
With .COM nearing its 30th birthday, many of the best and most valuable domain names have already been registered. This has long been a frustration for business owners, forcing them to make up names for their businesses just to find an available domain name.
With the introduction of new gTLDs, you have a fresh chance to get the domain name you really want. Because many of the new domain extensions are specific to particular industries, interests, or locations your web address can now tell people exactly what you do (or where you do it). This makes the new domains easy to remember and you easier to find online.
Will there be domains in languages other than English?
Oui. Thanks to the new gTLDs, speakers of nearly three dozen languages – including Arabic, Chinese, and languages based on the Cyrillic alphabet – will have their own domain extensions.
This will be a huge boon for companies that promote their products in countries where these languages are spoken.
Will all the new domains be available to me?
No. While there will be over 700 new domains that will be available to you, there will be another 600 or so that are trademarked names – .FORD, .GUCCI, .DUPONT – and, although the owners could open them to the general public, they’ll most likely reserve them for internal use.
Any advice on finding a great domain name?
Picking the right domain is huge. Look for a name that’s memorable, easy to spell and that’s specific to you or your business. Using real words in your domain name, instead of made up names, will also help you get found online.
Will the new domains change how the Internet works?
No. They may change the way people find information on the web though. And they may also impact how businesses build their online presence.
How is ICANN involved?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is a non-profit group responsible for the coordination and oversight of the global Internet system. It was ICANN that approved the new domain extensions now available. Find out more at www.icann.org.