The etymology of the word »generic« can be derived from the French word
»générique«. In the context of domains, it means »general«.
Domains of this type are commonly available and are not restricted to certain
user groups. As opposed to
country code domains
they can be registered by anybody worldwide, with no respect to his or her residence.
The open allocation regulations and the global accessibility for
registration make these domains very attractive. This results in certain disadvantages,
however, since the most interesting domain names are already taken
for the »classical« generic top level domains
Fortunately, since the first liberalization of the domain market in 2001,
new generic top level domains have been introduced
where the registration of the desired domain name possible in many cases,
because the desired domain is not yet
Meanwhile the domain endings
established and have become an important part of the internet.
The second and third liberalization phases of the domain market in
2004 and 2012 have produced a whole plethora of about 2,000 TLDs.
However, many of these are not registrable by the general public because they are used by companies
for their own use. As registry backend
Knipp with the product
TANGO Registry Services®
operates for example the TLDs
More information about the new generic TLDs that can be registered by anyone.
are in the following