Domain Name Registration | Types of Domain Name

Process of registering a domain name, which identifies one or more IP addresses with an alphabetic name
Priyanka Sharma
Priyanka Sharma

Created: 05/20/2020 1:26 PM - Updated: 05/20/2020 1:26 PM

Domain Name is the location of your website that people type in the browser’s URL bar to visit your website.  Much as a location is a method people can find positions on a map, domain names enable people to find websites. Your domain name is the user-friendly name which visitors type into the browser address bar to get to your site.

There are five types of domain name:-

  1. Top-Level Domains (TLDs)
  2. Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs)
  3. Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)
  4. Second-Level Domains
  5. Third-Level Domains


Top-level domains


are at the top of the internet sequence of domain names. You’ll see these usually related to as Top-Level Domains (TLDs). There are across thousands of several T0p-Level Domains (TLDs) available. In recent years ICANN started up new TLD registration and permission, so businesses and individuals could pitch and register unique TLDs. This sent the number of Top-Level Domains available soaring.

 some of the popular extensions of top-level domains are:

  • .com
  • .edu
  • .net
  • .org

Country code top-level domains (ccTLDs)


Country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) are technically attached to different countries. Each country has its individual ccTLD, but you don’t have to use one, just because you live in a particular country. Country Code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs) represent particular geographic locations. For example- .uk represents the United Kingdom and .eu represents the European Union. 


Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs)

A Generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) is the top-level domain name of an Internet address that distinguishes it generically as connected with some domain class, such as .com, .net, .org, .gov, .edu, etc. That is more of a definition than an exact type of domain. As the description recommends, it’s just another variation of a TLDs. So, you could technically analyse this type of domain as a TLDs as well.


Second-Level Domains


Second -Level Domains are under the TLDs highlighted over in terms of the sequence. This doesn’t mean they’re any less authentic or valuable. Rather, this explains the second part of the domain name, such as the ‘NexaHost’ in ‘www.nexahost.com’.There are also country code second-level domains (ccSLDs). In such situations, the second-level domain will be located to the right of the period; for example, in a domain such as puma.co.ca, the country code top-level domain is .ca and the ccSLDs is .co.


Third-Level Domains


Third-Level Domains are under the second-level domains in the domain name sequence. They aren’t a complete domain name in and of themselves, but only a portion of a domain name.

For example, in the domain name “www.nexahost.com”, ‘www’ would be the third level domain. Or, if you’re using a subdomain to create an extra section of your site, this would be a third-level domain as well.