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In simple words, a domain is the name of your website. Domains are closely tied to web hosting, which is is the storage space for website files and data. A web host is usually a server with an IP address. Since remembering it would be an exhaustive process, this is where domain names come in. Instead of typing the IP address, we can take advantage of DNS to bind a domain and web hosting together. And the final result is a website accessible through a domain on the world wide web

TLD is short for top-level domain. Every domain name consists of a label (i.e., panda-studios.com) and a TLD (i.e., .com). Historically, each TLD had a designated purpose. For example:

.gov     Used by governmental agencies and entities

.edu     Mostly for educational use by colleges and universities

.org     Meant for organizations, but currently unrestricted

.com     Mainly for commercial use, but currently unrestricted

.net     Used for network infrastructures, but now unrestricted.


However, nowadays most of the extensions are unrestricted and can be used for whatever purpose you want. TLDs also branch out into two categories: country-code top-level domains (ccTLD) and generic top-level domains (gTLD).

ccTLD is a TLD subcategory that stands for country-code top-level domain. They signal to search engines and users that a website targets a specific region or country. Furthermore, such domains are extremely useful when localizing a project for other regions. Let's look at Google as an example. Their generic site is google.com, but visitors from Sweden can reach it through google.se.

gTLD is short for generic top-level domain. This subcategory encompasses the most widely used domain extensions on the internet such as .com; .net; .org. When first introduced, it featured only a small fraction of the options available today. Nowadays, the gTLD category has grown significantly and encompasses over 1200 unique extensions. It includes such domains as .xyz; .name; .online and many more, which are also available in the domain checker.

The difference between domain names and web hosting is best understood through a simple comparison. Let's imagine that the Internet is a big city. In turn, domain names are addresses, while web hosting represents the houses. To launch a website, you will need both a domain name and a web host. The domain will function as an address, which people will use to find you, whereas web hosting will be the housing for your website files.

If you search the domain checker for a taken name, it will present you with a list of the closest alternatives that you can register instead. Generally, if you find a really cool domain name and it’s already reserved, there are a few approaches you can try:

  • Register the same domain name with a different extension
  • Reach out to the current domain owner asking for a price
  • Brainstorm ideas for a different domain and look for alternatives

The rule of thumb is to register a .com version of a domain name if available. It is the most popular TLD extension, hence people easily recognize and remember it. However, if you’re targeting the audience of a specific country or location, a country code top-level domain (ccTLD) such as .it; .in; .co or similar may be the better choice. In case you're unable to find a .com alternative which is not taken, you may try other popular extensions, such as .xyz; .net; .org and similar.

Panda Studios offers instant domain registration to let you start working on your project as quickly as possible. However, some domain extensions require you to submit additional information. But as soon as it is provided, the domain registration will proceed. Keep in mind that domains also need time to start working via World Wide Web. Once you add a domain name to a web hosting account, it can take up to 24 hours before it is fully propagated.

All domains purchased on Panda Studios will be owned by the person or entity registering it. The domain will use your personal details, which will display in the owner information via any WHOIS database. You will be able to manage and correct these details if needed. Last but not least, you can also purchase a domain privacy service in case you don’t want any personal information shown in the ownership data.

It mostly depends on the situation. New domain registrations cannot be transferred for 60 days due to official regulation by ICANN. However, once this time period passes, you’ll be able to transfer the domain name to any other registrar if the need arises.