Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? If you want to find out, you can just look at her GeoTLD!
In June of last year, hundreds of new generic top level domains, or gTLDs, were released. This spawned a wealth of new domain extensions, bestowing upon the internet a wealth of new and more specific suffixes to place at the end of a website address, and ICANN doesn’t disappoint, with new gTLDs being released all the while.
A selection of these new gTLDs are known as geographic TLDs, or GeoTLDs. GeoTLDs are domain extensions that are associated with a particular geographic location, language, or culture. Certain cities and regions are now able to proudly fly their e-flag with a GeoTLD to represent where they are located.
By taking advantage of GeoTLDs, business owners can target their local market with even more sophisticated precision. Do you have a business that is best understood in its local context? Does speaking the local tongue offer your customers a greater insight into the ins and outs of your company? Consider using a GeoTLD to hone in on your market and add some local pride and interest to your website address.
Fasten your seatbelt and put your tray table up! We’ve got your round-the-world GeoTLD ticket booked – let’s take a tour and check out some of the most interesting GeoTLDs on the market.
Stop searching for four-leaf clovers and take advantage of the luck of the Irish online! If the standard domain extension .ie isn’t enough, users can now show the world they’re not only located on the Emerald Isle, they’re proud as Guinness and soda bread to be Irish. May the road rise up to meet you, may the wind be always at your back, and may you use a .irish extension each step of the way.
Pop this on the end of your domain name to appeal to your local audience in the metropolitan jungle of Tokyo. And don’t worry, you won’t be limiting yourself by focusing on this city: with an estimated 38 million people in greater Tokyo, being the world’s most populous metropolitan area you’ll be speaking to a behemoth audience. Konnichiwa!
Many major metropolitan cities have developed such a couture that they could be a country unto their own, and Paris is a prime example of this. Think chic fashion, crusty baguettes, delicious wine, the magnificent Eiffel Tower, and a city that’s just dripping with romance. Go to town with a .paris extension to say “bonjour” to the worldwide web!
No, we don’t mean the delicious, vitamin-C rich fruit. We’re talking about our good friends down in New Zealand! With a fascinating culture and swaths of breathtaking landscapes fit for a hobbit, a .kiwi GeoTLD will drop your location pin in the South Pacific. As Samwise Gamgee said, “It’s the job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish,” so get your .kiwi site started today!
Are you proud of the stars and stripes? Do you often find yourself singing Lee Greenwood’s Proud to be an American? Do apple pie, musical theatre, and jazz music really make your heart sing? Then a .us extension could be your perfect fit!
There are few places in the world that are as vibrant and colorful as the country of Brazil, and the city of Rio de Janeiro encapsulates countless aspects of this rich place. Ready to start organizing costumes for next year’s Carnival? Fancy heading over to Ipanema Beach to see if you can find that “tall and tan and young and lovely” girl? Or have you already starting training to get involved in the 2016 Summer Olympics? Use a .rio extension and you’re there!
Want to make sure your business has a worldwide reach on the worldwide web? Don’t want to limit yourself to just one city, region, or country? A .global extension shows your company has an international flair. Or if .global doesn’t float your boat, .international offers the same no-borders appeal.
New GeoTLDs are being released all the time, so if your location isn’t currently offered it might be just around the corner. Keep tabs on the latest GeoTLDs to hit the market at WestHost.com!