What are the parts of a domain?

Updated on June 15, 2021

All website domains include both a top-level domain (TLD) and a second-level domain (SLD). TLD and SLD are separated by a dot.

Consider the example below;

To the left of the dot is the second-level domain, which might be your name, the name of your business, blog, or store. It’s the “identity” of your website.
To the right of the dot is the top-level domain (or TLD), in this case, the TLD is “.com”, but you may also choose TLDs like .net, or .org, or country qualifiers like .ng (Nigeria) or .uk (United Kingdom).
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Things to Know
  • If a .com TLD is not available for your preferred second-level domain name, you may opt to use another TLD other than .com.
  • Some TLDs are preserved for government agencies, (e.g .gov), and educational institutions (e.g .edu), amongst others.
  • The .com TLD is by far the commonest TLD on the world wide web and the first-choice in most cases.
  • You may use the submit a request feature to request professional advice when choosing your domain name. Consultation fees may apply for non-Branditechture customers.


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