Did you know? Here are the most popular domain extensions popular in 2021!
A domain extension in .fr or .com is not only necessary for the URL: So-called top-level domains (TLDs) are also an integral part of a brand. Companies therefore attach great importance to selecting the best domain extensions for their websites. Internet users on the World Wide Web most often associate subconsciously some values at a domain extension. Is this a serious website? Did the company choose one of the new top level domains to show that it is following the trends? This explains why some domain extensions top-level are more popular than others.
Summary What is a domain extension? The-most popular-domain extensions in 2021 Other top-level domain extensions What is the best domain extension?
What is an extension of domain?
The addresses on the World Wide Web follow a very specific pattern. Name resolution via the DNS server ensures that Internet users get to the website they want to visit without having to enter cumbersome IP addresses. For this, a URL follows a certain hierarchy : first, you will find the subdomain on the far left (after ) , which is in most cases www, but can also tell more about the content of the page (blog, for example) or on the displayed language (fr or en). It is followed by a freely chosen domain name. The address is completed with the domain extension, a top-level domain.
A distinction is made between top level domains that refer to a specific country such as .fr, known as national top level domain or ccTLD in English, and generics: the gTLD . TLDs are determined internationally (for the most part) by ICANN or the IANA . Although there are now many top level domains, and new domain extensions are being added all the time, some TLDs are more popular than others. This gave rise to a veritable trade names of domain , with large sums of money to boot. The budget also plays a role in the choice of domain.
The most popular domain extensions popular in 2021
One of the oldest TLDs in the world is still the most popular domain extension after over 30 years : the .com. This abbreviation of "commercial" was originally intended for businesses, but many users now associate .com domains with US web offerings. And for good reason: the .us domain extension, which was originally intended for the United States, is little appreciated there.
| TLD || Percentage || Meaning || Online since || Type |
| .com || 52, 0% || commercial || 01.01.1985 || gTLD |
| .ru || 6.1% || Russia || 07.04.1994 || ccTLD |
| .org || 4.5% || organization || 01.01.1985 || gTLD |
| .net || 3.3% || network || 01.01.1985 || gTLD |
| .ir || 1.8% || Iran || 04.06.1994 || ccTLD |
| .in || 1.7% || India || 08.05.1989 || ccTLD |
| .uk || 1.6% || United Kingdom || 24.07.1985 || ccTLD |
| .au || 1.6% || Australia || 05.03.1986 || ccTLD |
| .de || 1.2% || Deutschland || 05.11.1986 || ccTLD |
| .ua || 1.1% || Ukraine || 01.12.1992 || ccTLD |
This classification comes from a analysis from W3Techs.com . Service provider measures the number of published websites (not registered domains) by attempting to filter fraudulent websites from its statistics, sometimes giving different results than other posts. The domain name industry file from Verisign , the operator of .com domains, is also very interesting.
Country-specific TLDs rank highest among the ten most popular domain extensions. / Source: https://w3techs.com/technologies/overview/top_level_domain
Regardless of statistics consulted, more than half of Internet addresses have the .com extension. The other two domainsTop-level generics .net and .org also rank well. Like .com, they have been available since 1985. The other domains in the top 10 are mainly national TLDs (ccTLDs), specific to a country.
In the case of national top level domains , heavily populated countries like Russia and India rank high , as do digital countries like UK and Germany. France is at an acceptable level since the national top level domains .fr represents 0.8% of global websites. The .fr domain has been managed by Afnic (French Association for Internet Naming in Cooperation) since 1998 and is used by more than 3 million individuals, businesses and organizations . Still according to Afnic, 82% of Internet users are looking for sponaturally .fr websites, which ended up becoming a brand of trust and security. Only companies and individuals residing within the European Union, or in Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, can acquire a .fr domain.
Other top level domain extensions
In the case of the most popular domain extensions in .com or .org, the most sought-after Internet addresses are already taken for a long time and can only be bought back for bigs are money. It is therefore interesting to look at other categories of top-level domains.
The most popular ccTLDs
If following statements from Verisign (whichrefer to data from service provider ZookNIC), the most popular national top level domain extension is .tk , the official domain of the Tokelau Islands . There are around 27.5 million .tk domains while around 1,500 people live in the territory. Many website operators turn to a .tk domain because these can be registered for free and easily. North Korea can be seen as a counterexample: the isolated state has only 28 domains as a whole.
| ccTLD || Registered domains || Associated country or region || Has existed since |
| .tk || 27.5 million || Tokelau || 07.11 .1997 |
| .cn || 24.7 million || China || 28.11.1990 |
| .de || 16.6 million || Germany || 05.11.1986 |
| .uk || 10.8 million || United Kingdom || 24.07.1985 |
| . en || 3.5 million || France || 02.09.1986 |
New top level domains
In order to extend the Domain Name System (DNS) and allow a greater presence on the Web, new generic TLDs (ngTLDs) are occasionally released. While these new domain extensions are not yet as well established as traditional TLDs, they offer many more possibilities to create suitable Internet addresses.
Verisign is also reviewing new domain extensions in its regular domain report:
| ngTLD || Percentage || Exists since |
| .icu || 17.7% || 02.05.2015 |
| .xyz || 9.4% || 19.02.2014 |
| .top || 8.1% || 03.08.2014 |
| .site || 5.2% || 16.03.2015 |
| .online || 5.2% || 16.03.2015 |
The .icu domain extension (standing for "I See You") has grown in popularity in recent months. Not only are the commercial significance of the abbreviation popular, but the prices of itngTLDs have been greatly reduced.
The new domain extensions also include geographic TLDs, which however do not belong to ccTLDs because they are administered differently. In France, .paris and .corsica are particularly popular. Internationally, the big cities are far ahead: .tokyo, .nyc and .london are in the lead.
The biggest distributors of spam
Not all domain extensions have the same reputation. Particularly cheap or poorly controlled TLDs are often used for more or less illegal purposes . The Spamhaus organization, which checks the Internet to detect spam distributors, has thus selected the 10 most used TLDs for this purpose. For this, the project took into account both the number of negative domains detected and the number of active domains observed.
| TLD || Spam domains || Percentage of spam || Exists since |
| .fail || 571 || 75.3% || 23.04.2014 |
| .viajes || 176 || 83.8% || 17.12.2013 |
| .exposed || 351 || 72.4% || 04.02.2014 |
| .work || 32.915 || 40.4% || 23.09.2014 |
| .london || 1.285 || 50.8% || 22.03.2014 |
| .surf || 1.375 || 40, 8% || 18.06.2014 |
| .fit || 3.008 || 31.6% || 09.01.2015 |
| .ml || 5.101 || 27.3% || 29.09.1993 |
| .golf || 473 || 37.7% || 24.03.2015 |
| .gq || 3.354 || 28.4% || 10.07.1997 |
It's not because a TLD appears in the Spamhaus list that the domain extension is automatically bad. So if the extension matches your web project, you don't have to exclude those TLDs.
What is the best domain extension?
The lists give you a good idea of the domains that are requested. However, this does not mean that you should also choose one of the most popular domain extensions for your web project. Although these TLDs enjoy a high reputation with internet users and are synonymous with seriousness and professionalism, many word combinations are already taken . , before taking your decision, also take a look at the new top-level domains: some are specifically designed for industries or target groups and could be a good fit for your offering.
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