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What is a TLD?

Written By: Fred Bunzl

TLD stands for Top Level Domain. It is the part of the domain name which comes after the dot. For example, in GOOGLE.COM, the TLD is .COM.

There are basically two types of TLDs.

One are the ‘Generic’ top level domains (gTLDs) which include the well known .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ, .BIZ and .NAME.

The second type are the so called ‘Country Code’ top level domains (ccTLDs). Every country has been assigned a ccTLD. Some well known ccTLDs are .CO.UK for the United Kingdom, .TV for Tuvalu, .WS for Western Samoa, .CA for Canada and .CN for China.

Every TLD has a ‘Registry’ which is an organization responsible for maintaining the online database. The database contains the WHOIS information about every domain in that TLD. For example, the .ORG Registry is the Public Interest Registry with offices in Reston, Virginia, USA.

Follow this link to my article if youre interested in more about TLDs, the domain name system (DNS) and the essential role they play in bringing web sites to your browser. About The Author – Copyright Fred Bunzl – All Rights Reserved. Fred Bunzl has more than four year’s experience in the domain name business, being partnered with three of the Web’s largest ICANN accredited domain name registrars through his sites: DomainsNow4U.com, CheapToRegister.com and 1stDomainNameServices.com. Fred is a member of the International Council of Online Professionals, i-cop.org, dedicated to promoting online business ethics and integrity. For more information about Fred Bunzl’s services, visit http://www.domainregistrationtips.info This article may be reproduced provided that it complete content and author by-lines are kept intact and unchanged. Hyperlinks and/or URLs must remain both human clickable and search engine spiderable.

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