Unique TLD's to look out for in 2023

Top level domains (TLDs) are the letters that come after the "dot" in a domain name, such as .com, .net, and .africa. Over the years, there are several new TLDs that have been introduced and are becoming increasingly popular among businesses and individuals.

.africa: .africa is the domain name dedicated to the African continent to promote development and growth of the internet and to encourage business development and African pride. 

.tech: The .tech TLD is popular among technology-related businesses and startups as it indicates the website belongs to a technology-related business.

.store: This TLD is perfect for e-commerce businesses and online stores. It helps to clearly indicate the purpose of the website and can increase trust and credibility among customers.

.blog: Blogging has become increasingly popular in recent years, and the .blog TLD is a perfect choice for bloggers and online content creators. It helps to clearly indicate the purpose of the website and can increase visibility among readers.

.online: This TLD can be used by any business or individual looking to establish an online presence. It's a versatile TLD that can be used for a wide range of purposes, including e-commerce, blogs, and personal websites.

.design: This TLD is perfect for designers, design studios, and creative agencies. It helps to clearly indicate the purpose of the website and can increase trust and credibility among customers.

As of January 2023, there are 1,481 top-level domains (TLDs) currently in use according to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit that regulates and coordinates the internet domain namespace. Despite there being such a large number, a vast majority of those have been launched within the last decade. The dramatic increase in new, diverse and specific TLDs started in 2011 when ICANN launched the ‘New gTLD Program’ to expand the number of gTLDs available by allowing organisations and companies to apply for their own unique TLD. This program alone has received over 1,900 applications, with 1,238 new gTLDs delegated through the program since its launch which has greatly diversified the options available for end-users and domain investors alike.

Allowing businesses and individuals to more clearly communicate the purpose of their website and increase trust and credibility among customers. Choosing the right TLD can help your website stand out and improve your online presence.

It's worth noting that these are some examples of the new TLDs, and there are many others that are gaining popularity. The best TLD for your business will depend on your industry, target audience, and the purpose of your website. We have over 350 diverse, catchy domain names for you to choose from on our platforms, get in touch today to secure yours!

Posted by Kilana Chohan
Kilana is our Marketing and Communications Coordinator, having graduated from UCT with an Environmental Science and Media Studies degree, her wide range of interests and expertise have brought a fresh and interesting lens to the display and distribution of our products and services.