Who Really Uses New Domain Extensions?
Don’t look now but many of those swanky new domain extensions are finally available to consumers. That means along with .com and .org you can now register a site with everything from .bank to .insurance. As other top web development companies are giving their insights to clients about who really uses new domain extensions, we wanted to share our thoughts so you can decide if they are something that your business might benefit from.
What are these NDE’s?
The new domain extensions have been created as a way to help organize and expand a rather bloated aspect of the internet. Most everyone knows the original group of top-level domains: .com, .org, .net, .int, .edu, .gov, and .mil. The .mil is for military and .int is for international organizations.
For the most part the .com domain has gotten the most use with .net being the weird cousin people end up bringing to the prom when they can’t find another date.
But when you think about it, with the internet growing by leaps and bounds, it seems a bit crazy to limit things to such a small dot group. ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers spent a lot of time and effort to take applications from everyone and anyone for the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) and now we have a whopping 1205 total options.
That means you can find anything from .academy to .zone and that’s just considering A-to-Z in English. There are corporate identifiers, identifiers in Italian and other core languages, and even geographic identifiers around the globe like .tokyo or .madrid.
The full list can be found here on Lounge Lizard blog articles.