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What is a Top-Level Domain (TLD)?

What is a Top-Level Domain (TLD)?

Web2 Top-Level Domains

A top-level domain (TLD) is the last part of a domain name, also known as the domain extension. It is the string of characters that follows the final dot in a domain name. For example, in the domain name "", the top-level domain is ".com".

There are different types of top-level domains, including:

  1. Generic top-level domains (gTLDs): These are the most common type of TLDs and include popular extensions such as .com, .net, .org, and .info.
  2. Country code top-level domains (ccTLDs): These are TLDs that are specific to a particular country or territory, such as .uk for United Kingdom, .fr for France, and .cn for China.
  3. Sponsored top-level domains (sTLDs): These are TLDs that are sponsored by specific organizations or communities, such as .museum and .travel.
  4. Infrastructure top-level domains (iTLDs): These are TLDs that are used for specific technical purposes, such as .arpa and .int.

Web2 Top-Level Domains are expensive to acquire. They require a lengthy registration process with a non-refundable fee of $185,000 USD. If your application is accepted, you'll then need to pay $6,250 USD per calendar quarter to maintain the TLD.

Whereas with Web3 Top-Level Domains powered by Decentraweb, they are $100 USD in Ethereum or $50 USD in DWEB Tokens per year.

Web3 Top-Level Domains

A web3 top-level domain (TLD) is a top-level domain that is built on top of a decentralized blockchain infrastructure. It is a new type of TLD that utilizes blockchain technology to provide a decentralized and secure way to register and manage domain names.

Unlike traditional TLDs, which are managed by central authorities such as ICANN, web3 TLDs are managed by a decentralized network of nodes. This allows for greater security, transparency, and censorship-resistance compared to traditional TLDs.

Web3 TLDs also allow for the use of smart contracts, which can be used to automate various functions such as domain name registration and renewal, and to create decentralized websites and applications.

One example of a web3 TLD is the .eth TLD, which is built on the Ethereum blockchain, it allows for the registration and management of domain names in the form of Ethereum Name Service (ENS) names. These names are unique and can be used for various purposes such as creating and accessing decentralized websites, sending and receiving cryptocurrency and more.

Unlike ENS names which provide subdomains from the .eth TLD, Decentraweb provides Top-Level Web3 Domains available permissionlessly and without an application process to anyone.

You can register any word, letters, numbers, emojis or a mix of these as a Web3 TLD for $100 USD per calendar year in Ethereum, or you can choose to pay in $DWEB Tokens for $50 USD per calendar year (50% Off).

For example, means you can easily register .yourname or .yourbusiness or .youridea.

How to register your own Top-Level Web3 Domains

Registering your own Web3 TLD is super easy. You can view our guide on registering your own Top-Level Domains here.

Or you can easily navigate to our Domain Registration dApp to being the simple registration process.

Through our technology we empower anyone to be their own Web3 Domain Registrar allowing you to stake your TLD providing access to others to mint Subdomains from your TLD for a fee which you set. This revolutionary technology allows you to earn passive income.

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