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Username: keith246
Date/Time: Tue, October 17, 2000 at 4:38 AM GMT (Mon, October 16, 2000 at 10:38 PM CST)
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Subject: it makes money

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The last part of each web name, the bit after the last dot, is the Top Level Domain (TLD).  Sometimes it indicates the country (coTLD), and sometimes it is global (gTLD).

Each TLD registration brings another registration fee.

So the current idea behind having lots of gTLDs seems to be to have companies register as www.trees.com, www.trees.biz, www.trees.org, www.trees.kids and so one.

This brings in a lot of registration money for the registrars.

An alternative reason would be the shortage of domain names. Domain names are quickly running out because companies are allowed to have dozens of them.

So another way of thinking of it would be that www.trees.kids would be a site for kids on trees, www.trees.org would be an organization supporting trees.

However this alternative reasoning would require that registrars granting gTLDs actually do some work to ensure that the web site does actually serve the purpose (is pertinent) to the gTLD.
 


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