It absolutely is a TLD. How did you search for it? If you can tell us how then we can explain why that did not work for you. When I search I find the answer in less time than it too for you to say it is not a TLD. The IO TLD is for some islands but, as far as I know, can be used by anyone that purchases a relevant domain.
Hi there @coothead , Thanks for your input. As mentioned by @Erik_J that already branded names are difficult to rebrand. so my difficulty in taking the decision was I was looking for a unique name, which means for that domain I should have all top ones such as .com, .org, .net and maybe, io
www.sample.tech is a good example, but we also should have its cousins such as .com, .net, .org or else later we have to worry about cybersquatting or fake branding if we succeed in business later.
Be aware that there are bots monitoring registrars for domain searches where the name is not instantly taken.
If you find an acceptable .com (or any popular TLD) name you should be prepared to register it on the spot, or you’ll might find it immediately taken. The name snatcher then could offer you the name for a “reasonable” sum.
Afaik, If not changed yet, there is a grace period of a few days where the new registered name can be dropped without cost, making this profitable.
So, if you had found a good name and then later went back to register only to find it unavailable, try again a few days later before you give it up.
Why do you think that, @Instamixes? A statement like that with no substance to back it up is of no help to anyone.
The domain was originally intended for use by non-profit organisations, and although the restriction was removed, it is still largely associated with not-for-profits, community groups, schools and similar. It seems to me an odd choice for a business.
#1: Assume that at some point, at least some percentage of your user base will accidentally type .com, .net, and .org into their browser looking for your domain. the “Big 3” have become so ingrained that they will get hits regardless of being correct or not. So check and make sure that your .com name competitor isn’t a rival company, because… there’s going to be mistakes.
#2: Once you get outside of the Big 3 Generics, you start wandering into 'do you’s.
info: am I an informational website rather than a business selling site
Do I qualify under a Restricted Generic name (name, pro),
Do I qualify under a Government Sponsored TLD (gov,mil,edu) or a Sponsored TLD (aero,travel,coop,jobs,mobi,xxx)
Do I do business in a specific country, and qualify for registration under the Country Code TLD? (Or, if you’re not that white-hat about it, ‘what ccTLD’s will let my URL sound cool’. I’m looking at you, youtu.be)