Top Level Domain (TLD)

Definition: The final part of an internet address that follows the last dot. TLDs categorize and organize domain names on the internet. They can be generic (e.g., ".com", ".org") or country-specific (e.g., ".uk" for the United Kingdom, ".de" for Germany).

Key Features:

  • Identification: Allows for categorizing websites based on their TLD.

  • Hierarchy: Represents the highest level in the DNS structure.

  • Diversity: There are generic TLDs, country-specific TLDs, and even brand-new TLDs introduced for marketing or branding purposes.

Common Applications:

  • Website Addressing: Determining the location or nature of a website.

  • Country Specification: Identifying the geographical origin or target audience of a website.

  • Branding: Some companies create proprietary TLDs for brand recognition.