Top-Level Domains (TLDs)
Domain names (Internet addresses) that we are most familiar with end in a .com , net, .org or 2 letter country-name codes such as .in , .cn, or .ca
These letters positioned to the right of the last dot "." in a domain name are known as "Top-Level Domains" (TLDs).
At Unifiedroot we have created the infrastructure to allow for new top-level domains (TLDs) to be introduced on the Internet.
You can apply now for a TLD or IDN
Unifiedroot is accepting applications for new TLDs.
There are four types of top-level domains that companies, organizations, and institutions can apply for at Unifiedroot:
- Brand name and trademark top-level domain;
- Generic word top-level domain;
- Geographic name top-level domain; and
- Internationalized Domain Name (TLD's in non-Latin scripts)
The evolution of the Internet
Unifiedroot is not alone in introducing new top-level domains to the Internet. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN ), which coordinates .com, .net, .org etc. has recently announced they will be opening their application process for new TLDs and IDNs January 12, 2012.
What is happening is a natural evolution of the Internet. To accommodate the explosive growth of both the number of users accessing the Internet and the number of websites publishing information online there has been a concerted effort in the industry to introduce new TLDs.
How it works
Unifiedroot has built an independent root server platform on the Internet that exists in parallel to ICANN. Unifiedroot is careful not to cause conflict with ICANN or to jeopardize the security and stability of the DNS (domain name system). Unifiedroot will not allow a party to register a TLD or IDN that already exists at ICANN.
How web users access Unifiedroot TLDs
To enable Internet users anywhere in the world access to websites using domain names associated with TLDs registrated at Unifiedroot, we have created a new web browser called "Sundial" .
The Sundial browser is a modified version of Mozilla's popular Firefox web browser. In addition to supporting IDNs, what makes Sundial truly unique (see image on right of page above) is its ability to direct Internet users to websites using TLDs registered at ICANN as well as those associated with TLDs registered at Unifiedroot.
Our FAQ pages (Frequently Asked Questions) below, are a great resource to gain more in-depth information on Unifiedroot, TLDs and IDNs.
- FAQ's on Unifiedroot
- FAQ's on Brand Name TLDs
- FAQ's on Generic name TLDs
- FAQ's on Geographic name TLDs
- FAQ's on Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)
- FAQ's on our Technology
- FAQ's on applying for a TLD or IDN
- FAQs on Sundial Browser
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If you cannot find the answer to your question from our FAQ pages (Frequently Asked Questions) above, please send us an e-mail using our Ask a Question form and we will respond as soon as possible.
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