What’s the difference between gTLDs and ccTLDs?
It’s a pretty big difference. When we look at how the internet is organized — the Domain Name System (DNS), if you’re hip to the term — top-level domains mostly fall into two categories*:
- Country-code top-level domains (ccTLDs)
- Generic top-level domains (gTLDs)
The ccTLD, as the name implies, represents a country or territory. The rules for using these domain extensions vary — sometimes you have to reside in the area represented by a ccTLD. On the other hand, gTLD is a term people commonly use for everything else. (There are more than a thousand gTLDs today.) Unsponsored gTLDs are the most common and open for anyone to use. Sponsored gTLDs are fewer and come with more specific requirements.