Which domain name should I register?
If you are looking for a domain name for a website, or if you want to invest in domain names, it can be difficult to figure out what to register. Which domain name should I register? There are so many domain name extensions. What is a domain name extension? A domain extension, or TLD (top-level domain), is the final part of a domain name, the part that comes after the dot on the right. Examples of common domain name extensions are .com, .net, .org, .info, and .biz. These are also called gTLD (generic top-level domains). So, for example, with the domain name somename.com, somename is the name and .com is the domain extension (TLD). I
There are also country code top level domain extensions (cctlds). Some examples of these are .us (USA), .cn (China), .in (India), .de (Germany), and .co.uk (UK). .TV (Tuvala) is also a country code extension but it is often sold as a general tld.
The most common and well-known TLD is .com…Com was the first extension to be used extensively by businesses online. It is considered by many to be the king of all TLDs because of how recognizable it is, the clout its use offers, and because it is the extension most likely to be typed-in (people will type the .com domain name in their browsers to go directly to the site even if they are not familiar with an actual site that may be there – this is free traffic in a sense). This can occur because people may assume all sites end in .com or that .com somehow is part of any name or it can occur due to “bleed” from other TLDs – people see a name with some extension and when they go to look for it or type it in, they put .com instead. For many, .com truly is the internet.
.Net has generally seen less use than .com, but many still consider it to be the second most valuable extension. Many isps do use it…Org is used by many non-profits, various organizations, and government-related sites. Considered by some to be the second or third most valuable tld, in terms of recognition and resale price level…Com, .net and .org are the original general use internet TLDs. They are sometimes collectively referred to as CNO. They have been with us since the mid/late ’80s.
.Biz was created to have an extension explicitly for business. It has the restriction that it only be used for bona fide business purposes. Some people are less enthusiastic about .biz, feeling it is slangy, while others feel it will do well in time because of its specific designation as the business tld. It is seeing growing use and even some good resales.