What is a Top-Level Domain (TLD)?
A top level domain, or TLD, is the standard suffix, or last part, of every domain name on the internet. For example, in the domain name FatCow, the TLD is ".com."
TLDs available for registration on FatCow include:
The differences between TLDs available for registration
.com - The world's most popular domain extension, .COMs are universally recognized as the gold standard in domain names. The only true option for serious business, .COM adds credibility to your site, legitimizes your web presence, and expands your reach.
.co - Universally recognized as an abbreviation for company, corporation, commerce, and collaboration, .CO domain names are memorable and short. Don’t settle for a long domain name — register a .CO!
.org - Anyone can own a .org, however, it is the domain of choice for non–profits and non–commercial organizations. Websites hosted on .org domains build instant trust with visitors and are recognized as organizations committed to serving the greater good.
Contrary to popular belief, there are no restrictions on registrations of .org. Purchase the .org versions of your .com and .net domains to protect your brand and prevent others from registering the domain.
.biz - A .BIZ domain name means almost instant results when building a business or expanding a current one. With a .BIZ domain, your website will generate better search results and stronger brand visibility and you'll immediately be recognized as a business. And with many .BIZ domains still available, you know you'll get the name you want.
.info - .INFO domains are intuitive, international, and unrestricted. .INFO represents information and has a universal meaning across the world. Understood in multiple languages, you can be sure your website will be globally recognized. .INFO addresses are not limited to businesses or professionals or any other smaller set of Internet sites - it is open to anyone!
.mobi - .Mobi websites are specifically designed for use on mobile devices. These domains are a cost–effective way of establishing your business in today’s mobile marketplace, and ensuring you can reach your customer base no matter how they choose to access your website.
.tv - If your site is designed to deliver a rich, multi–media experience, a .tv domain is your best choice. Show site visitors you are serious about your video or multi–media web content with a .tv domain.
You don’t have to manage your own television network to take advantage of this great domain .Tv domains are the perfect option for networks, independent film producers, and anyone who wants to post or link to video and multimedia elements on a custom website.
.me - The .me domain extension is perfect for personal, blog, portfolio, resume, and photo sharing websites. Use a .me domain to create a site that is uniquely yours. Capture your interests, hobbies, thoughts, and anything else you’d like to share with the world!
.ca - Show your Canadian pride with a .CA domain. The popular .CA extension is a must for every Canadian citizen and business. To register a .CA domain, you must be a Canadian citizen or have an affiliation with Canada.
What is a country code TLD (ccTLD)?
In addition to these common TLDs that many websites use for their domains, there are also TLDs associated with the various countries of the world. These are referred to as country code TLDs, or ccTLDs. Please note that some of these ccTLDs can ONLY be registered by citizens of that country.
FatCow allows you to register TLDs for the following countries:
- .be - ccTLD for Belgium with no usage restrictions
- .ca - ccTLD for Canada. To purchase this ccTLD you must be Canadian or have an affiliation with Canada.
- .cc - ccTLD for Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- .ch - ccTLD for Switzerland with no usage restrictions
- .de - ccTLD for Germany (Deutschland) with no usage restrictions
- .eu - ccTLD for the European Union. This ccTLD may only be registered by citizens and organizations in EU member states.
- .uk - ccTLDs for the UK with no usage restrictions..Co.uk is recommended for commercial sites, and .org.uk for non-commercial use. 2 Year registration only.