TECH Talk! Top Level Domains & Second Level Domains
What is a Top Level Domain?
A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the part of a URL that comes after the first dot in the domain name. The most popular TLD is .com, but there are many more such as .xyz .net and .defiwallet
What is a Second Level Domain?
A Second Level Domain (SLD) is a domain that is directly below a TLD. For example, in example.com, example is the SLD of the .com TLD. SLDs are the most memorable and first point of contact internet users have with a Web2 website.
Where can I buy a TLD or SLD?
Most Web2 Top Level Domains are registered by and require the approval of ICANN, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, primarily because of their dependency on ICANNs Root Zone and DNS resolution.The ICANN application approval process includes a sizable initial registration and yearly management fee estimated to be around $250k.This is a barrier to entry for most independent domain entrepreneurs. Blockchain or TLDs have leveled the playing field by utilizing a/the blockchain instead of ICANNs root zone. There are several options and entities for Web3 domain entrepreneurs to acquire TLDs, although not all are alike, such as Decentraweb, Handshake and FreenameBoth Web2 and Web3 registrars make it easy to register an available SLD on TLDs in their portfolio. In Web2, SLDs can be registered by platforms like GoDaddy, Namecheap and PorkbunIn Web3, for SLDs, current platforms include Ethereum Name Service, Unstoppable Domains and I
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