Frequently Asked Questions

What is a top-level domain (TLD)?

TLD, sometimes called a domain extension, is the last part of a domain name (not the whole address). For illustration, the TLD for www.junglenavigator.com/faq/ is “.com”.

What is a generic top-level domain (gTLD)?

It is a TLD with at least 3 characters (e.g. .com) that operates directly under the policies established by ICANN processes for the global Internet community. Some can be used freely, some are reserved for special usage (e.g. .gov) and are called sponsored top-level domains (sTLD). Simply put, a generic TLD is any other than a country top-level domain (ccTLD).

What is a country code top-level domain (ccTLD)?

It is a TLD used for a country a sovereign state, or a dependent territory, e.g. .at for Austria.

Can I have my own gTLD?

Unfortunately not now. Recently it has become possible to apply for a TLD, however it was not easy and the cost was $185k. That made it clearly unsuitable for a small businesses or individuals. However, you can register a second-level domain with a new domain extension instead.

What is a second-level domain?

It is the middle part of a domain name (not the whole address). For illustration, the second-level domain for www.junglenavigator.com/faq/ is “junglenavigator”.

What is a Registry?

It is a company or an organization which controls a particular top-level domain (TLD). For example, the .com TLD is controlled by VeriSign . The new .ferrari TLD will almost certainly be controlled by the Ferrari company.

What is a Registrar?

It is a company or an organization that provides second-level domain registrations. For example, Namecheap.com is a domain Registrar.

What is a Registrant?

It is a holder of a second-level domain name. E.g. if John Smith registers johnsmith.com, he is the Registrant of the second-level domain "johnsmith".

What is ICANN?

An abbreviation of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - the organization that controls and maintains all TLDs. Find out more at www.icann.org/.