What Are Top-Level Internet Domains?

You’re probably familiar with most top-level internet domains such as .com, .org, and .net. But did you know that a ton of new domains are hitting the web? Tech Talker dives into the murky waters of .coffee, .dance, .ninja, and other new domain options.

Eric Escobar
5-minute read
Episode #126

The next phase is known as Landrush. This phase is where the public can buy the domain of their choice. This phase varies from TLD to TLD, but basically at this point domain names go for a premium price. If there’s no contest for the domain you’re after, it would cost about $400 to register the domain of your choice at this phase. However, registrars can also auction off sought-after domains to the highest bidder!

If there’s a domain out there that you’re really interested in getting during this phase, I highly recommend doing your homework, setting calendar reminders, and calculating how much you’re willing to spend to get the awesome domain you’re craving!

The last phase is known as General Availability, and this is when the domain is open to the public for registration.

Web domain registry sites offer preordering for specific domains. Essentially you pay a flat fee up front and they will try and register your domain as soon as it goes public. If they can’t register it, they will refund your money. This seems to me like a great way to go if you’re worried about a particular domain being snatched up right at the start!

However this will only work in the General Availability stage.

The Speculation

There’s a lot of speculation going around about these new TLDs. Specifically, many people believe that the new TLDs are just a fad and that no one will take real notice of web sites that fail to use the standard .com, .org, or .net format.

There’s also a lot of worry that brand pirates will try and register domains specifically with the goal of then selling them to companies for a higher price.

Personally, I agree that these TLDs will take a while to become widely accepted by the general public. But once they take a foothold in the marketplace, they may be just as well known and accepted as .com. If you're looking for a quick return on your investment, I wouldn’t pour a ton of money into a new TLD. But I definitely think that the release of new TLDs could lead to some interesting combinations down the line (for those clever enough to think of them).

With that, here are your 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for the new top-level internet domains hitting the market:

  1. nTLDs (new) or gTLDs (generic) stand for the new top-level domains hitting the internet that can be used just like .com or .net.

  2. Domains are first open to registration for Trademark Holders, then they are available for a premium price during the Landrush phase, and then they are made available to the general public.

  3. If you’re looking for a specific domain check out the full list of options here.

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Until next time, I’m the Tech Talker, keeping technology simple!

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Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.