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Your Blog, Custom Domains, And Top Level Domains #2

This blog, "blogging.nitecruzr.net", is a domain under the generic Top Level Domain ".net". There are many Top Level Domains on the Internet, some generic, others country related.

When we setup a new domain, we purchase the domain through a registrar. Registrars maintain the necessary relationships with the operators of the various TLDs. Not all registrars maintain a relationship with every TLD in the Internet. Some country code TLDs, such as ".me" and ".to", have a lingual value which makes them of interest to people outside the country which is associated with the TLD itself.

The ".me" (Montenegro) and ".to" (Tonga) TLDs are ones which use two letter abbreviations which are meaningful in the English speaking world; similarily, there have been other TLDs popular in French and Spanish. Registering a domain in such ccTLDs may command a premium price because of their popularity, just as some generic TLD domain names have been.

If you purchase a domain using the "Buy A Domain" wizard, you'll have a limited selection of generic TLDs.


If you want to register a domain which does not use one of the five gTLD selections pictured (".com", ".net", ".org", "info", or ".biz"), you'll have to contact a registrar which registers the domain of interest to you. Not all TLDs will be registered by all registrars, some exotic ones may be supplied by only a handful of registrars, and some TLDs just won't be available. The ".mil" TLD is operated by the US military; it's rather unlikely that if you are reading this for knowledge, you'll be eligible for a domain in the ".mil" TLD.

Your choice of a registrar may affect your ability to publish your blog to a custom domain. Some registrars may provide DNS hosting that makes your custom domain problematic. Consider your domain URL carefully, when setting up your blog.

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