Top 5 Domain Extensions in 2022

When recalling the name of a brand, what is the most common domain suffix people think of?

According to any data source worth its salt, .com domains make up well over half of all internet addresses. The other two generic top-level DNS, .net and .org, are also very popular. They, too, have been around since 1985, just like .com. 

But it’s time for newer suffixes to rise, like the .dev domain. So, let’s look at what’s in store as we move toward the end of 2022. 

Elaborating on Top-Level Domains (TLDs)

To access any website, one must always append a dot to the end of the name, then a series of letters. The TLD is the last segment of a web address, and its letters stand for the top-level DNS. 

  • The “.com” at the end of our DNS name, namecheap.com, indicates that it is a top-level domain, while “namecheap” indicates that it is a second-level DNS;
  • Whitehouse.gov includes the second level to the left of the dot, but sometimes the third level contains the most meaningful name (pm.gov.au).

How Did They Come to Be?

In the early days of the web, IP addresses were the only means of locating and connecting to other computers on the network. IP addresses are uniquely identifiable numbers used on the internet. Unfortunately, they were hard to memorize, so DNS names were developed to facilitate easier access to online resources. 

The purpose of Domain Name System (DNS) servers is to resolve domain names. The new domain extensions are meaningful words or strings of characters, numbers, and some punctuation marks that correspond to Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of computers (servers). Having a TLD name that is both memorable and easy to type became increasingly important in the mid-1990s when the number of websites began to explode due to the advent of the World Wide Web and the proliferation of both business and personal websites.

The Popular Choices

1) .COM

Without a doubt, the .com top-level DNS is the most widely used; it has always been one of the most popular domain trends and has been around the longest. .com stands for “commercial,” and the original intent of the .com top-level DNS back in 1985 was for online stores. This truncation is now widely accepted as the norm for websites, and its reputation has developed accordingly. The sheer number of websites that use it proves that it is the best option for virtually any type of eCommerce business.

However, availability is the only real drawback. Many popular top-level domains (TLDs), including. com, have already been registered.

2) .ORG

It was intended that charitable organizations would use the.org top-level DNS. Previously, only non-profits could participate, but that requirement has since been removed. Even though anyone can now register a .org domain name, the public still typically associates this top-level DNS with non-profit organizations such as charities, schools, libraries, and open-source software initiatives.

3) .NET

ISPs, email providers, and database hosting services are just a few examples of the kinds of websites that benefit from the .NET or network-based technology. It’s developed into a secondary .com in recent years. If the .com address they want is already taken, businesses will often switch to a .net DNS.

4) .CO

With so many .com DNSs already taken, you may want to think about using .co. To reiterate, premium dot-com addresses are extremely scarce, and if they are available, you may well have to pay more than you would for a .co DNS. These are used less frequently, which means there are more of them available.

Despite its advantages, however, .co DNSs are less popular domain names than the .com ones and so inspire less trust and familiarity. Losing the credibility that comes with a .com extension is a risk, and if someone else is already using your current TLD name, you may be sending them traffic. It’s possible that someone intending to visit Cookies.co will instead end up at Cookies.com simply out of habit.

5) .EDU

Since its inception, the .edu TLD has been reserved for use by academic institutions.

Who can register a .edu TLD? Those who work at or are affiliated with a recognized educational institution. The eligibility of entities seeking to use the .edu top-level domain is validated by EduCause.

In Conclusion

It’s not necessary to choose a conventional TLD. The longer a TLD has been around, the more credibility it gains. Due to the increased specificity afforded by new TLDs, your site’s mission and identity will be better communicated.

Choosing the right TLD name involves several factors. Make sure the TLD extension is available and suitable for your purposes. Find a name that is a perfect reflection of your identity or that of your brand and that is easy to remember and type.

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