Difference Between gTLDs and ccTLDs and How to Choose the Right One or Both 1

Difference Between gTLDs and ccTLDs and How to Choose the Right One or Both

In order to start an online business, you need to register a domain name for your website, which will allow your customers to engage with you online in a more convenient and easier way. Before registering for domain names, you must choose a suitable Top-Level Domain (TLD) for your business. So, what is a TLD? A TLD refers to the last part of the domain name such as “.com”, “.net”, “.org”, “.biz” and so on. There are basically two types of Top-Level Domains which are generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) and country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs). So, what is the difference between gTLDs and ccTLDs?

gTLDs stand for generic Top-Level Domains. As the word “generic” suggests, gTLDs are not restricted to any geographic or country designation. It can be registered by anyone on the internet anywhere around the world. Examples of gTLDs include the commonly well-known “.com”, “.net”, “.biz”, “.info”, “.org”. Different gTLDs are suitable for different purposes of a website. For instance, “.com” is suitable for any commercial or business entity, “.net” is suitable for network service, “.org” is suitable for organization while “.edu” is suitable for any education institutions. gTLDs are not targeted or aimed to any country or location.

Another type of TLD is country code Top-Level Domains (ccTLDs). ccTLDs refer to two letter TLDs which are assigned to countries based mostly on their country codes. For example, “.my” is for Malaysia, “.sg” is for Singapore, “.vn” is for Vietnam and “.in” is for India. A ccTLD is aimed for a particular country or region only, and has geographic and country designation. Many ccTLDs are closed and restricted, as they are managed exclusively by their respective countries themselves. Registration for these ccTLDs usually involve a certain standard process as required by the country’s organization in charge, and may differ from each other. Some require proof of residency in the country. However, there are also some countries which do not restrict their ccTLDs. They openly market and encourage people from around the world to register and use them, like “.me”, “.co”, “.tv”, “.fm” are such ccTLDs. Now you know why sometimes you see a website name that ends with such ccTLDs.

So, now that you know what is the difference between gTLDS and ccTLDs, the question is how to choose which is suitable for my business? The main thing you should be concern about is on the SEO side. gTLDs and ccTLDs are different for a search engine. As mentioned above, gTLDs tell search engines that your website is neutral, whereas ccTLDs tell search engines that your website is for a specific location. This will naturally affect the results shown to a user whenever he uses a search engine. You can test this our yourself by searching for “pizza” on Google. You will see that most of the websites ranked on top of the results are using your country’s particular ccTLD. Google always tries to provide the most relevant results and websites near the user and ccTLDs have an advantage. ccTLDs are suitable for a company to establish its website for a single country. Residents in a country will usually trust a domain with their own country’s ccTLD more than other country’s ccTLD.

How to decide whether your business is suitable to register for a gTLD or a ccTLD? It depends on your company’s goals and objectives. If you plan to target only a particular country or location, register for a Country Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD), as it is more suitable for your business. If you plan to expand your business internationally without aiming any country or location, register for a generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD). You can also register for several versions for different countries. Whether you are helping clients or running your own business, we have great deals on the well-known gTLDs & ccTLDs at an amazing price! Feel free to visit our company website www.webnic.cc for further information. If you have more enquiries, you can contact us through our email [email protected], too!

gTLD VS ccTLD - Which to Choose for Business 2

gTLD VS ccTLD – Which to Choose for Business

Looking domain for local or foreign business? But there are so many domain names out there to choose one from. Especially if you want to register specific country domain extension such as .my for Malaysia, .sg for Singapore, or you might prefer a neutral domain extension like .com, .net, .org and so on.

Domain extension are separated into two groups – gTLDs (Generic Top-Level Domains) and ccTLDs (Country-Code Top-Level Domains). Many people still don’t know the difference between gTLDs and ccTLDs, yet they continue to choose and purchase any domain without any knowledge.

gTLDs (Generic Top-Level Domains)

A gTLDs is known as Generic Top-Level Domains. These are top level domains that are NOT affiliated with any country and can be registered by anyone for a fee. For examples, gTLDs extension will appear in the form like .com, .org, .net, .biz, .info and so on.

Please be aware that gTLDs (Generic Top-Level Domains) do not consist a country designation behind their extensions. In other words, these domain extensions are designated not to target specifically to any countries or locations.

ccTLDs (Country-Code Top-Level Domains)

ccTLDs (Country-Code Top-Level Domains), is a different domain extensions compare with gTLDs (Generic Top-Level Domains). ccTLDs (Country-Code Top-Level Domains) consist the two-character names that affiliated with various countries around the world. Not like gTLDs, end-users cannot simply purchase for ccTLDs (Country-Code Top-Level Domains). They are closed or restricted and requiring proof of residency in the country in question. The extensions of ccTLDs (Country-Code Top-Level Domains) is dedicated to specific country, it will appear in the form like .my for Malaysia, .sg for Singapore, .uk for United Kingdom and so on.

In WebNIC, we offer variety domain extensions options for both gTLDs and ccTLDs which is accredited by ICANN. If you haven’t read through what is ICANN and how important it is for a domain industry. You may read more information in here.

Why Does ICANN Accreditation Matter For Your Domain Registration? 3

Why Does ICANN Accreditation Matter For Your Domain Registration?

Who is ICANN?

Why Does ICANN Accreditation Matter For Your Domain Registration? 4

ICANN, known as Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers, is a NGO that helps to maintain the security of the Internet. Anytime you register a domain on the Internet, you go through a domain name registry or registrar, who pays a small fee to ICANN to get your domain registered under your name.

Domains are sold by registrars. There is no single registrar that handles over all domains. These registrars can charge their reseller or end users whatever price they want for a domain, but each registrar has to pay a set per-domain fee to the appropriate registry in which the domain is being registered.

However, if you wondering why not all reseller or end users purchase directly from ICANN or become a registrar to sell to other partners or end-users. This is because ICANN has an accreditation rules and regulations to those who want to become an accredited registrar, only certain registrar that fulfil ICANN’s accreditation program requirement will be certified to become an ICANN accredited registrar.

What is ICANN Accredited Registrar?

An accredited Registrar is an organization that sells domain names to their resellers or end users, like WebNIC. A recognized well-known Registrar usually have the ability to offer some TLDs (Top-Level Domain) such as .com, .net, .org, and ccTLDs (Country-Code Top-Level Domain) such as .uk, .my, .ca, .au and so on. These domain information is maintained between registries and registrars.

Summarize from above, every domain is maintained by registries and registrars. It is very important when the publics want to select an accredited registrant because it depends on the variety domain extensions options and their after-sales service to registrant.

We have sold more than One millions of domain names with most affordable prices. Get yours now from WebNIC – Your One-Stop- Shop for all domain names! Visit here for domain names

5 Reasons to choose WebNIC as your Domain & SSL supplier 5

5 Reasons to choose WebNIC as your Domain & SSL supplier

1) A company you can trust
Our company has been established since 2000, accumulated more than 18 years of experience of providing world class sales & services in domain name and SSL industry. We are an internationally recognized brand with offices in Singapore, Taiwan and Malaysia, serving over 4,000 Resellers World-wide. We had won numerous award from the Global Domain Summit (GDS) and Certificate
Authorities (CA). Most importantly, we are recognized as one of the Top 50 registrars worldwide and the No.1 ICANN Accredited Registrar in Asia.

2) A one-stop solutions for domain names and SSL certificates
After years of effort, WebNIC has built a strong portfolio that contains the widest selection of worldwide domain names and SSL certificate, which is definitely enough to meet all the needs and demand of you and all of your customers. From the most commonly used gTLDs (Eg: .COM .NET .ORG) and ccTLDs in Asian, Europe, America, Africa, and Australia, to the now popular New gTLDs (Eg: .XYZ .CAFE .STORE), we are offering nearly 700 extension at the most affordable prices with excellent services. We also gathered varieties choices for the industry-leading SSL Certificates from major Certificate Authorities. This includes different types of dedicated DV, OV, and EV that can fit the need of any sized business or purpose.

3) We provide API configuration and easy-to-manage Reseller Portal
The reseller portal is a comprehensive management suite with seamless and complete integration, while the API configuration allow our reseller to perform the process faster through communication between servers. It has always been one of the competitive advantages of WebNIC!
By using the reseller portal and API, our clients are able to manage almost everything regarding domain and SSL themselves! They can check the complete pricing list, manage registration and renewal in bulk, transfer or delete domain, modify DNS or WHOIS info, and
many other useful function! With all these function, it helps save you a lot of time as it avoid all the inconvenience of requesting the agents every time whenever you wanted to modify something. You can accelerate your business just like how we accelerate the services to you!

4) Our clients are our greatest asset
We see our clients as our greatest asset, and we work hard to provide the excellent service they deserve. We believe that our success is directly dependent on our client’s success. Hence, we always appreciate hearing how we can improve and better support our client in the future.
We value our clients, we love our clients, and we will make our clients love us too!

5) Friendly, Fast, and Knowledgeable support team
We understand how frustrating it is when there is an undergoing problem but you can’t get the immediate and useful respond from the support team. At WebNIC, we pride ourselves on providing our clients with the highest level of customer service. As we are having clients around the world, our pro-active and multilingual support teams is
available to help by phone and email 24/7! There is no worries even if you are from the other side of the world, we still ensure your problem will be solved in a professional manner rapidly!

More than that, we had also installed the Live Chat function to our official website. Our partners or visitors can now make enquiry by text with an instant respond if you are not able to make a phone call. Enquirer are able to select the category they wanted to ask about, which will redirect them to the proper department. It is more easy, direct, and convenience!

Top 5 Tips for Your Business Domain 6

Top 5 Tips for Your Business Domain

Choosing a domain name is just like choosing an identity name for your business. It is undeniable that this is one of the crucial part that every business should aware of. In such competitive market today, picking a brand name that appears online is as important as picking a name offline. It involves high consideration and a lot of thought for business owner to do their research before choosing a domain name for their business. In this article, WebNIC will giving out 5 tips to business owner on what should they consider when they choosing domain name for their business.

 

No.1 – Keep It Short

Make sure your domain is as simple as possible. It is always good to have a short domain name to let your user easier to remember like bmw.com, kfc.com and sony.com for instance. Also, you may want to minimize the typo or misspelling for your domain name. Owning a long and complicated domain name may lead users to become more frustrated and stop searching for your brand if they mistype it or misspell it when they want to know you more, or worse if they land on the wrong site and have bad impression towards your brand.

 

No.2 – Make It Easy to Pronounce

Try to choose a domain name as easy as it pronounces like ABC. Try to look for domain name that is catchy and memorable, but make sure it’s relevant to what business industry that you are going in. Comes out with a few option for your domain names and share it with friends and family to see which one are more appealing and makes sense to others. Also, a catchy and memorable domain name could generate significant impact on word-of-mouth marketing. It helps your brand spread faster and makes your domain easy to remember.

 

No.3 – Check For The Domain Name Availability with https://iwhois.webnic.cc/jsp/whois_captcha.jsp

Once you have come out with few options for your domain name, the next step would be checking for the domain availability. Make sure the domain name you have selected is not trademarked, copyrighted or being used by another company. It might lead you to a legal mess that cost you a lot, as well as potentially losing the domain name. It is always be advise to check for the domain availability with https://iwhois.webnic.cc/jsp/whois_captcha.jsp to see if you preferred domain is available in the market or not. Insert your favourite domain in our WHOIS search, if the domain is available, you may want proceed to register it as quickly as you can before it gone. If the domain is own by other owner already, you may consider to contact and deal directly to negotiate with the domain name owner (usually this way will cost you a fortune) or you may look up your other options to check if its available for you.

 

No.4 – Make It Relevant with Your Business

If you are trying to have an easy, recognizable business domain name, .com is probably the best extension for you. You will be able to build up a very brand-able business domain name that your customers and network can share. However, domain extension like .com, .net and .org are the top 3 popular extension, which means chances of the availability of your website are getting lower. Fortunately, WebNIC offer variety of domain extension that can help your business getting niche to the relevant market, WebNIC offer other domain extension such as .baby for your online baby store, .me for own blogging or vlogging share and so on, you can now register different domain extension to get ever more relevant to your business ideas.

 

No.5 – Make It Easy to Recall

Similar with Tips No. 2, selecting a catchy and memorable business domain name is important. You might want to look for something that user could fully internalize, easy to remember, and pass along in a conversation. Try to avoid number and hyphenated words, they are distracting and annoying to the users. When you brainstorming for your business domain name, try to search it with Google or any search engine, imagine if the domain name is difficult to type or spell, you may lose a huge portion of your traffic. However, if you are not sure whether your domain name is catchy or memorable, always goes with the obvious options. A clear cut obvious domain could easily let users identify what is the core business, for example like anniebakery.com, digitalmarketing.co. These are the domain name that is clear and obvious that others can easily identify and remember that.

 

Now that you have plenty of ideas on your domain names already, go and check to see if they are available on WebNIC.cc.

 

WebNIC is a leading authority in technology services, a one-stop online solution focused on domain name wholesale service, online security solution, trademark protection, and digital brand management. We are accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan we serve 4,000+ active resellers over 60 countries.

 

For more info visit us at www.webnic.cc

The Top 5 New gTLDs as of 2018 7

The Top 5 New gTLDs as of 2018

1) .TOP – dot TOP is really the TOP

Yes, .TOP ranked the TOP of all New gTLDs. Among the 26 million registered New gTLDs, there are around 4 million .TOP domains registered from over 240 countries and regions in the world until December 2018. So what makes .TOP number one of all?
The term “top” is just exactly what every business wanted to be in their industry, making it the natural choice for a business. Companies who use it are trying to tell their customer that they are providing the best products and services. It symbolized the ambition and effort of a company to become the best of the best. Moreover, it will also strengthen the image of a company, and customer’s confidence to the company.

2) .XYZ – The New .COM

“We end the alphabet in ‘xyz’ and we should end domain names the same way”, says Daniel Negari, the founder of .XYZ.
In recent years, .COM has continued to increase its total number of domain name registrations heavily. This situation makes the available name for .COM are getting lesser and hard to grab your ideal name than before. People now tend to find a new domain that can alternate .COM flawlessly to overcome the shortage of .COM, this is when the .XYZ comes into sight.
.XYZ is an extension that can fit into any purpose of website unconditionally, just like .COM! Under the promotion by many big domain sellers, this simple, modern, and catchy domain began to be accepted and liked by people. Apart from that, the word XYZ just like a dedicated extension for us – the generation X, Y, and Z! With the popularity and number of registration gained by .XYZ in these years, we can believe that it is gradually replacing .COM.

3) .LOAN – Vital Part of Most People’s Lives

Don’t be surprise when you see .LOAN ranked the third and gain 8% market share in the entire New gTLDs. In fact, loans are closely related to almost everyone on earth. We need loans for going to college, to buy cars and homes, to invest in business, and even to persevere tough economic times.
There is plenty of large and small financial organization out there that provide loan services to people other than bank, which creates a large market for .LOAN domain. With a .LOAN domain, these financial organization can take advantages of this memorable and easy-to-find domain to differentiate themselves from the competition. It is also a great way to improve their SEO!

4) .CLUB – The Meaningful Term

The multi-meaning nature of the word “Club” makes it one of the most exclusive domain on the market. The registration number of .CLUB domain had present an optimistic upward trend since its release in 2014, occupying 6% of the market share as of 2018.
.CLUB is an intuitive domain, it tells internet users who you are and what you do. The word “Club” are often by organization in the category of sports, entertainment, social media, celebrities and bar. The multi-meaning nature makes its market not only restrict to one.

5) .ONLINE – Your Online Presence

.ONLINE, as the name implies, it is also an intuitive name that perfectly represent where the website is on, telling the internet users that your business are operating online. .ONLINE still gain 4% of the market share, it is suitable for personal website, and every companies and brands who wanted to expand their business in the online market.
Despite its length, adding .ONLINE really helps a lot in SEO if you are operating online business. For instance, when people search for “buy shoes online”, shoe stores with .ONLINE extensions will be hitting more keywords than others obviously, resulting in higher ranks on the search results.

WebNIC is the Asia leading domain name wholesaler and web security services provider. We are ICANN accredited registrar with over 18 years of experiences. We manage more than 1,000,000 domain names and provide more than 600 extensions including popular and newly launched gTLDs. For more info visit us at www.webnic.cc.

The Story about .APP 8

The Story about .APP

According to the statistic 2018, there are more than 8 million mobile apps on Google Play store and 2.2 million in Apple app store, 669k in the Windows Storenad 600k in the Amazon Appstore. (Sources: statista.com) The importance of mobile application to us is undeniable, and it is the main reason for the born of “.APP

The story

Dated back to the year 2015, Google won the rights to run .APP registry from ICANN successfully by spent 25 million dollars auction and finally beating out many other well-established company such as Amazon because Google sees that is a competitive advantage in .APP. What surprised us is over 100,000 .APP registered in less than a day after it general launched in May 2018.

The competitive advantage

“Within the first two weeks of Google’s .APP launch, it garnered 200,000 new domain registrations. The implications are far bigger than a successful launch in the tech world.” ~ Forbes.com
“17,000 domain names were registered during the early access period.” ~ Google Tech Lead Ben McIlwain
APP appeared in the iPhone app, android app, business app, but to many businesses goal, the web platform cannot be eliminated. It makes perfect sense the .APP becomes popular in not just the IT industry but also many other businesses, organizations government and etc. For this reason, .APP is one of the most exciting and anticipated new gTLDs.
We manage more than 1,000,000 domain names and over 600 extensions available in Webnic, you may find the newly launched .APP TLD together with our promotion here.
Important note:.APP works on HTTPS only, which means .APP is a secure namespace that secure both you and your client when they are on your website (Please click here to obtain an SSL certificate.)

A Domain that Epitomises Growth-.Asia 9

A Domain that Epitomises Growth-.Asia

.Asia, established as a unique domain to represent the Earth’s largest and most populous continent is growing ever more popular. Consistent GDP and population growth have positioned Asia as a fertile ground for investments as well as start-up growth.

Here are 5 reasons why you should invest in a .Asia domain right now:

1. Unicorns

Asia accounts for 40% of the world’s unicorn value. This is unsurprising considering the successes of innovative start-up companies such as Alibaba, Tencent, Flipkart, and GrabTaxi. The number of unicorns in this region is poised to grow largely contributed by the robust economic environment, increasing GDP growth and increasing the wealth of the population in this region.

2. A Growing Youth Population

Asian countries top the world’s youth population with 5 countries [Bangladesh (48 million), Pakistan (59 million), Indonesia (67 million), China (269 million), and India (356 million)] being ranked among the top 8 highest youth population in the world. A large youth population represents a higher economic resource, increase labour pool and a growing consumer market, factors that can prove beneficial to companies and countries as a whole.

3. Access to the Largest Internet Marketplace

Being the largest continent on Earth it’s not surprising that Asia is also home to the largest Internet Marketplace in the world. Rapid growth in Internet access, high mobile penetration rate, and a booming e-wallet economy will further contribute to the growth of this market.

4. Simplified registration process

On July 15th, 2017 .Asia has updated their policy to allow for easier registrations for entities without pre-existing regional address or proof of local ID. Now everyone can register a .Asia domain with ease.

5. Support Internet development and access in Asia

Feeling charitable? Now you can do some good every time you purchase a domain. Every purchase of .Asia domain contributes to funding Internet development and access in Asia. You can register a .Asia domain at webnic.cc.

WebNIC is a leading authority in technology services, a one-stop online solution focused on domain name wholesale service, online security solution, trademark protection, and digital brand management. We are a registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan we serve 4,000+ active resellers over 60 countries. For more info visit us at www.webnic.cc

Welcome to the “ME” generation 10

Welcome to the “ME” generation

Although .ME is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Montenegro, but, due to its ubiquitous use to describe oneself it is increasingly being used as a personalization domain for both individuals and companies alike.

Here are the TOP 5 reasons why you should use .me

1. Create your own brand – the domain .ME itself exudes a sense of individualistic personality to promote your personal brand.

2. No more .coms – Thinking of creating a personal blog, online resume or a startup? You’ll probably can’t find the names of your choice with a .com domain. .ME is still widely available and you stand a better chance of securing your domain name with a .me extension instead.

3. Used by companies – Individuals aren’t the only ones looking to personalize. Companies are too. Don’t believe us? Here are a few examples: Spotify (Spotify.me), Time magazine (ti.me), Telegram (telegram.me), Paypal (Paypal.me), Facebook messenger (messenger.me) and Facebook (fb.me).

4. Catchy domain names – Impress your peers, future employers, and clients! Use your personalized .ME domain to inform them about your achievements and skills or even your adventures! Anybody can have a name card, LinkedIn account, and a resume but a .ME domain makes you special.

5. Get creative – With more than 400 words in the English dictionary ending with “me” get creative with your domain name! e.g. aweso.me, welco.me, pri.me, handso.me and many more!

.ME is cheaper compared to .COM

WebNIC is an Internet service provider focused on domain name wholesale service and web security services. We are a registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan we serve 4,000+ active resellers over 60 countries. For more info visit us at www.webnic.cc

What are country code top-level domains (ccTLDs)? 11

What are country code top-level domains (ccTLDs)?

Top level domains (TLDs) are the highest domains in the internet’s DNS structure and most recognizable as the letters located right after the last dot on a domain name (e.g., .com in “www.example.com). A ccTLDs is a type of TLDs however it represents specific geographic locations. For example, .SG represents Singapore while .TH represents Thailand. Most ccTLDs uses the ISO 3166-1 country codes but non-English ccTLDs such as .新加坡 or .சிங்கப்பூர் are also available and are known as internationalized country code top-level domains (IDNccTLDs). So why use ccTLDs?

.coms are getting overcrowded.

.com being the first and most common domain has been the preferred domain choice for many. With tens of thousands of domain names being registered every day getting a .com domain with the exact name you desire has become virtually impossible. You are more likely to obtain a domain name of your choice with ccTLDs.

One word – Google

Google likes it. Need we say more? In fact, Google likes ccTLDs so much that it has listed it as one of the top elements for websites wanting to target a certain country and region. Google also assumes that a site with a ccTLDs domain and its content is specifically relevant to that certain geographical area.

Instill customer trust and confidence

For an international organization wanting to have a local presence, having a website with a ccTLDs domain will improve the probability of driving local traffic to your site. Customers are also more likely to trust and complete their transactions with companies with a ccTLDs domain as it is perceived that there is a higher probability that a purchased product will be received. This phenomenon is most prevalent in Asian countries. Here, customers are more likely to trust localized websites with a ccTLDs and display the regions local currency. Webnic.cc is the world’s leading domain name wholesaler with a plethora of ccTLDs from various continents including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia and Africa. To find out more visit our list of ccTLDs here https://www.webnic.cc/domain-wholesale/
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