Lock, Stock And Cryptocurrency: Everything You Need To Know About Domain Zones
Typically, TLD (Top-Level Domain) research is done by domain name providers, but this article is different. With the help of our Link Index, we have searched the internet inside and out. And now, we are ready to provide you with a mass of interesting information!
2. What are top-level domains
2.1 Types of top-level domains
3. Most popular domain zones
3.1 Top 10 largest TLDs
3.2 Top-100 gTLDs (generic Top-Level Domain) by the number of domains
3.3 Top-100 ccTLD (country-code Top-Level Domain) by the number of domains
3.4 Top-50 geoTLD (geographic Top-Level Domain) by the number of domains
4. Interesting facts about the .com TLD zone
4.1 The number of domains of different lengths in the .com TLD zone
4.2 Top 20 sites with the longest domain name in the .com TLD zone
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We collected the most relevant data on domain zones, as well as several unusual facts. Does it sound interesting? Then let's go!
The first thing that a site visitor sees is the address. Therefore, each resource owner wants the domain name to be understandable, concise, and memorable. However, in reality, it is rather challenging to find a beautiful domain name today, since most of these addresses are already taken.
An interesting fact: the domain name should be read not from left to right, but from right to left.
Now let's talk about domain structure:
For example, .tk (belongs to the country of Tokelau) ranks in the top 1 among ccTLDs and the top 2 among all TLDs in terms of the number of registered domain names (almost 20 million). Look at the data on Tokelau on Wikipedia:
The same fate befell the zones of other countries, where there is more than one address per capita. Among them .ga (Gabon), .cf (CAR) and others. It is better to avoid such cheap domain zones since domains from them are actively used for doorways.
While some TLDs are popular within their own country or with freebies, others are marketed for other purposes. Here are some notable examples:
International (gTLD, generic top-level domain) are domain zones created to divide the addresses of a certain type of organization or community. These domains are available to everyone. These include: .com, .net, .org, .info and others.
New international (new gTLDs) are a new generation of generic TLDs that allow personalization of a resource. In 2012, ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) opened a call for applications for those who wanted to create their own TLD. Although the application cost was $ 185,000, the corporation received more than 2,000 applications. There are many new gTLDs registered today. These include: .app, .photography, .today, and similar domains.
Sponsored (sTLD, sponsored top-level domains) is a domain zone sponsored by a specific community. The participating communities are based on ethnic, geographic, professional, technical, or other thematic concepts. Sponsors establish and enforce rules restricting owners' right to register in this zone.
For example, the .post domain for mail services is sponsored by the Universal Postal Union, and ICM Registry sponsors the .xxx domain for 18+ sites.
In the second place, we see the already familiar .tk zone, which is popular among creators of black-hat sites.
Third place is .cn. This is a China ccTLD. It is forbidden to register domains in the .cn TLD zone that can be used for actions contrary to the PRC Constitution's principles. But that did not stop .cn from becoming the record holder for the number of registered domain names in 2008.
However, we also see new generation domains (new gTLDs). For example, .xyz is in the sixth position. This is still a "fresh" TLD with a rather fascinating history. ICANN proposed it under the "new gTLD" program, which I already wrote about above. In 2016 .xyz took the sixth position among all TLDs in terms of the number of registrations. Fun fact: in the TV series Silicon Valley, hooli.xyz uses this domain.
The size of a country on the map does not correspond to its area, but to the number of domains.
The city of Bar in Montenegro initially owned this TLD. However, it was also launched in 2014 as a part of ICANN's new gTLD program and became the domain for bars, pubs, and nightclubs, including bar and restaurant guides, critics, delivery services, and more.
However, some organizations and companies in Bar use the .bar domain instead of the national .me domain.
As the number of symbols increases, the number of domains rises dramatically. And the most popular are domain names
from 8-14 characters.
There is also an interesting jump on the chart in the 32-symbol area. What do you think about it? Write your versions in the comments.
By the way, the creators of the domain that is 63 characters long (theabsolutelongestwebdomainnameinthewholegoddamnfuckinguniverse.com) even went to the Guinness Book of Records to register the world's longest domain. However, they were told that this is not a record at all, since to create a longer domain, you just need to add one more character :) Therefore, at present, the Guinness Book of Records prohibits the registration of the longest domain name in the world.
And there were more long domain names than the creators thought. And these are only those resources that we have collected and which are actually working.
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