Joel, Art Unlimited’s domain support technical contact,called me yesterday to let me know about the announcement of 700+ generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) releasing later this year. We don’t know when. We don’t know pricing. But they are coming.

What is a Top Level Domain?

What is a TLD or top level domain, you may ask? The simplest explanation would be that a Top Level Domain is the last part of the domain name. TLDs come under the management of the IANA (Internet Assigned Numbers Authority) who is responsible for the global coordination of the DNS Root, IP addressing, and other internet protocol resources.

TLDs were split into countries, categories, and multiorganizations, 1998 saw 8 TLD extensions in the U.S. Categories became Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) around 2004 when the IANA allowed the increase in TLDs to 23 extensions. Among the most common gTLDs currently in use are .COM, .GOV, .EDU,.ORG, .NET, and .MIL and they will continue to be used.

TLD Extension Availability

Your preferred extension might not be available. For example, while Art Unlimited would be interested in the TLD .WEBDESIGN, that is not an extension that is being offered. However .WEB, .WEBSITE, and .DESIGN will be coming so we would consider them or a number of other options.

There are 17 different categories that will encompass the new TLDS.
Screenshot of TLDsThe gTLD Categories are:

  • Business
  • Industry
  • Money & Finance
  • Lifestyle & Identity
  • IDN
  • Real Estate
  • Sport
  • Technology
  • Media
  • Food & Drink
  • Professional
  • Health
  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Government
  • Generic
  • Geographic

We will have a complete list of proposed gTLDs soon.