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What is a TLD or top level domain

What is a Top Level Domain Name? (TLD)

What is a TLD or top level domain

Looking to buy a great domain name for your website, but keep seeing TLD (or top level domain) everywhere and not sure where to start?

Let’s jump right into what TLD stands for.

What is a TLD?

Top level domains refer to the “extension” used after the “period” in your domain name.

These TLD’s are commonly seen as: .ca, .com, .net, .org etc.

You may also see the term “domain extensions” used synonymously with TLD, as domain extensions and Top Level Domain’s both mean the same thing.

Choosing a Top Level Domain depends on your business and particular goals/desires.

What Top Level Domains Are There?

Aside from the commonly used .ca, .com and .net, there are literally dozens to choose from. Some you may have seen before…

  • .biz
  • .co
  • .io
  • .bid
  • .club

There are also ones like .agency, .accountant and .realtor that work into the branding of specific businesses.

You can even pick something geographically targeted like:

  • .com.co
  • .com.au
  • .co.uk
  • .co.nz

Of course .com and .ca would also classify as the above (US and Canada respectively). Using these geo-targeted TLD’s (especially .CA) is another great way to find good domains that may be taken in the .com form.

In Conclusion

Top level domain names are basically your domains’ extension. They can help differentiate your business – by targeting the area or business niche you work in.

This can help you build more trust, and generate more sales as a result of a stronger brand identity.

If you’re a Canadian business, we recommend the TLD .ca. It is undoubtedly the best domain for businesses that are located or do business in Canada.

Click here and start your search for a great domain.

The CanSpace Team

CanSpace is Canada's leading domain name registrar and hosting provider. Keep an eye on our blog for expert information around websites and running a business online.

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