The domain name you register should fit your target audience, your business and your future website content. And, there are actually (2) two more factors to consider: the domain suffix or TLD and your eligibility.
In this article, you will learn all about TLDs and their eligibility requirements to help you choose the domain name that best suits you.
What Is a TLD
Top-level domain (TLD), also known as domain suffixes,, is the last segment of a domain name. TLDs have (2) two types: generic TLDs and country-specific TLDs. TLDs represent the purpose and the type of domain, for example: .biz for businesses.
Generic top-level domain or gTLD is easily recognised by the suffix attached to the domain name. It is (3) three or more letters long and they’re named to fit a specific type of organisation. Below are examples of Generic TLDs:
Country-code top-level domain or ccTLD is used to define the domain for a specific country or geographical area. ccTLDs are generally used or reserved for a country, sovereign state, or dependent territory identified with a country code. This is generally (2) two letters long. Below are examples of ccTLDs:
Although there are thousands of TLDs out there, we’ve handpicked the most popular ones with their corresponding eligibility requirements. Read on to check all of them, or click on a TLD above to learn more about it.
Top TLDs and Their Eligibility Requirements
Refer to the tables below to learn more about the eligibility for gTLDs and ccTLDs.
|.asia||Anyone, an individual or a business, can register .ASIA domain names. This is very good if you are going to cater to audiences in the Asia-Pacific region. If the domain name is owned by a foreigner or a foreign business, one of the contact details (Registrant, Admin, Tech, or Billing) must be a legal entity in Asia.|
|.biz||Anyone can register this domain name, but must ONLY be used for a bonafide business or for commercial purposes.|
|.com||Although originating from the word “commercial” and originally intended for commercial entities, this can be registered by any individual or business in any country as this has no restrictions or limitations.|
|.info||If your website aims to inform, then this domain immediately tells your audience what to expect from you. This can be registered by any individual or business in any country as this has no restrictions or limitations.|
|.name||This is intended for an individual’s representation of their personal name. It may be their:
|.net||This domain was originally intended for networking technologies or organisations like Internet service providers, but can be registered by any individual or business in any country as this has no restrictions or limitations.|
|.au||.AU is the country code for Australia, the must-have Australia domain name for all Australian individuals and businesses. You can register domains with TLDs such as: .com.au, .net.au, .org.au, .asn.au, and .id.au. Here are the eligibility and allocation rules:
|.in||.IN is the country code for India, the must-have India domain name for all Indian individuals and businesses. Registration of this TLD is available to all parts of the world. This also allows you to register .in, .co.in, .ind.in, .net.in, and .org.in.|
|.jp||.JP is the domain name for Japan. Any individual, group, or organisation with a permanent postal address in Japan can register this domain.|
|.ph||.PH is the domain name for the Philippines, the must-have Philippine domain name for all individuals and businesses working in the Philippines. Just like .IN, this is available to all parts of the world. This also allows you to register: .ph, .com.ph, .net.ph, and .org.ph.|
|.sg||.SG is the country code for Singapore, the must-have Singapore domain name for all Singaporean individuals and businesses. This also allows you to register: .sg, .com.sg, .org.sg, .net.sg, .edu.sg, and .per.sg. Here are the eligibility and allocation rules:
|.uk||.UK is the domain name for the United Kingdom which gives you a local connection within the UK and speaks directly to your audience. You may register: .uk, .co.uk, .me.uk, and .org.uk.|