What is a gTLD?

gTLD stands for generic Top-Level Domain. It's a category of domain extensions maintained by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) to classify the Internet, and for the most part, how gTLDs are registered and managed is consistent, regardless of which specific gTLD you have.

These are different from ccTLDs (two-letter country code Top-Level Domains). gTLDs are made up of generic terms that don't have a specific country designation. For ccTLDs, each country registry can set its own policies, processes, and prices, so they can be very different from gTLDs and from other ccTLDs.

Historically, the most common gTLDs have been .COM, .INFO, .NET and .ORG, but the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is currently delegating hundreds of new gTLDs, everything from .BLOG and .APP to .BEER and .PHOTOS.

Many in the industry have been calling these new domain extensions nTLDs (new Top-Level Domains). While not a true classification, most will identify nTLDs as any of the hundreds of new gTLDs that started being released in 2014.

If you're interested in reading more about gTLDs, here are some handy links: