Which TLD should I choose?

TLD, or Top-Level Domain, is the part of the domain name on the right of the dot (“.”). The most common TLDs are .com, .net, .org. 

There are the various types: 

gTLD – generic top level domain
  • .com
  • .org – typically for organizations
  • .net
  • .edu – restricted for post-secondary educational establishments
  • .mil – restricted for US military
  • .gov – restricted for US governments and agencies
  • .int – restricted for international organizations established by treaty
uTLD – unsponsored top level domains
  • .info – for informational sites
  • .name – for families and individuals
  • .biz – for businesses
  • .mobi – reserved for websites catering to mobile devices
  • .travel – reserved for travel agents, airlines, tourism bureaus and hoteliers
ccTLD – country code top level domains
  • .ca – for Canada
  • .uk – for the UK
  • .fr – for France
  • Almost every country has a country domain

When choosing your domain extension, decide if you are targeting a local country or if you are planning to go international. ccTLDs are an excellent choice if you need to market your business to a certain geographic region.