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Top-Level Domains (TLDs) hold a significant position within a URL address structure, serving as the suffix that follows the domain name. For instance, in URLs like EXAMPLE-www.myhosteddomain.com or EXAMPLE-www.hosted.uk , the TLDs are ‘com’ and ‘uk,’ respectively. Each TLD belongs to a specific group, encompassing various categories:
- Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs): These TLDs typically consist of three or more letters and are considered generic in nature. They are administered by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). For a comprehensive list of current gTLDs, one can refer to ICANN’s official compilation.
- Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs): These TLDs are composed of two letters and are primarily based on the ISO 3166 code, which represents specific countries. ICANN oversees the management of ccTLDs. To explore the complete roster of ccTLDs, one can refer to ICANN’s official catalog.
- Geographic Top-Level Domains (geoTLDs): These TLDs are specifically associated with countries and cultures, reflecting geographical affiliations. ICANN maintains a dedicated list of geoTLDs for reference.
By understanding these distinctions and the categorization of TLDs, businesses and individuals can make informed decisions while selecting appropriate domain extensions that align with their objectives and target audience.
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