Types of Domains

Modified on: 2014-11-14 10:56:03 -0600


Types of domains

When you’re registering your domain name, it’s worth looking not just at the words you choose, but also at the level of domain that’s right for you.


TLDs

The end of any Web address—the part that comes after the last dot—is known as the TLD, or Top Level Domain.

One of the most common TLDs is .com. It’s an example of what’s known as a generic TLD, or gTLD. Other gTLDs you’re no doubt aware of are .info, .net, and .org.

There is a new type of gTLD that's opening up the TLD space to an almost infinite number of possibilities – and could prove an exciting way of making your site stand out from the rest, customizing your online identity and capturing your online visitors’ attention. These gTLDs relate directly to your site, or business – for example, .photography. Snappy, huh?!

There are other types of TLD, too. Some TLDs, such as .edu, .gov, .int and .mil are restricted to certain types of registrant: .edu, for instance, is of course for educational organizations. Such TLDs are known as sponsored TLDs.

ccTLDs are another form of TLD. They’re generally used or reserved for a country – for example, .us or .uk.

Subdomains

If you already own a domain name, you can use it for multiple websites. How? By using something we call “subdomains.” Subdomains are anything that come before your domain name in the address bar. For example, in “www.godaddy.com,” “www” is a subdomain that brings you to GoDaddy’s home page. In “garage.godaddy.com,” “garage” is a subdomain that brings you to a library of helpful articles for small businesses.

The advantage of subdomains is that they let you host completely separate websites while still linking them together using the same domain name.


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