What is the best city TLD?

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Some major cities have gone above and beyond the call of duty in order to establish a strong digital city brand. They control the brand name city TLD, whether it’s the full name or an abbreviation. A custom top-level domain (TLD) is the best way for individuals, businesses, and government agencies to establish a strong online presence at the regional level. It’s a great tool for advertising because it helps you stand out from the crowd right away while also being genuine and stirring up feelings.

Cities, especially European capitals, have done an excellent job in recent years of building their digital brands. Let’s check out the best city TLD that are available.

History of cities getting their own TLDs

Since 2014, brands, businesses, and non-profits have been authorized to register domain names that are obviously meant to appeal to a local audience.

ICANN introduced and accepted proposals for geographic extensions, or geoTLDs, in response to Berlin’s 2012 proposal of the idea. There are currently 36 cities with a DNS entry for their digital city identity.

Also, a few of them offer alternate spellings in Internationalized Domain Names as well as Top-Level Domains. For instance, Barcelona has two domain extensions (.barcelona and .bcn), Istanbul has two (.istanbul and .ist), Cologne has two (.koeln and .cologne), Moscow has two (.moscow and .mockba), and Abu Dhabi has two (.abudhabi and .ابوظبي).

10 cities with the best city TLDs in the world

According to research made by DOTZON, a renowned analytical company, these are the verified cities with the best cityTLD:

●      Berlin

For the sixth consecutive year, the cityTLD representing the German capital has been named the finest digital city brand. The .berlin was the first publicly available cityTLD and is managed by dotBERLIN Organization. According to the verified report, .berlin performed admirably across the board.

The nearly 50,000 domain names registered guarantee a revenue of about $1.9 million USD and contain a number of websites ranked by Alexa and Majestic.

●      Tokyo

The capital of Japan is ranked number two on the list of the world’s most successful cityTLDs. GMO runs the register and is responsible for about 170,000 .tokyo domain names. The .tokyo city-level top-level domain is second only to the .jp country-level top-level domain in terms of popularity.

●      New York City

The .nyc domain is the New Yorkers’ online address. The cityTLD now has 63,080 registered domains, is rapidly expanding in terms of new registrations, and ranks first in both Alexa and Majestic. As a side note, .nyc domains are more common than .us ones, which represent the United States.

●      Amsterdam

Amsterdam is very proud of its cityTLD. Most of the parameters considered by DOTZON have great value in this sector. Its ratio of domains to residents is extremely impressive: about 27 .amsterdam domains for every 1,000 people.

●      Koeln

In just one year, the Rhine city went from being ranked No. 10 to No. 5. The performance parameters of 23 domains per 1,000 inhabitants and 25,930 registered domains have greatly contributed to this swift ascent up the chart. In particular, the GDP per domain of .koeln puts it in first place.

●      Maimi

The Florida coastal city saw the largest improvement, from 16th to 6th, in 2021. This rapid growth is mostly attributable to the high rate of .miami domain registrations per capita (35 registrations for every 1,000 residents). In addition, there have been seven times as many registrations for .miami domains as there have been for the .us ccTLD.

●      Hamburg

Third in Germany’s Top 10 most successful cityTLDs is Hamburg. With about 20,000 domains under management and yearly revenue of about $750,000. Hamburg is now ranked number seven.

●      London

There were 47,122 .london domains registered as of June 2021, making it the fourth most valuable city in terms of domain registrations. Moreover, the cityTLD came in third for revenue, having generated over $1.4 million.

●      Paris

CityTLD rankings would be incomplete without including one of the world’s most important metropolises. A total of 18,602 domains have been registered under the .paris TLD, which has a demonstrated annual revenue of about $650,000 USD.

●      Belgian

The Belgian city has risen two spots since last year to finally break into the top 10. Aside from its high Google page rank, the .brussels domain also has solid values for all other metrics we looked at.

From the list above, you will notice that European cities fill seven of the top ten spots. This is not shocking, as we are well aware that the ccTLD sector in Europe is flourishing and that Europeans want domains that reflect their culture.

Reasons why a city TLD makes more sense than .com or a country code extension

A city web address is a meaningful domain name. The right side of the dot will assist to tell your story and connect with your audience.

These are reasons why city domain names are better than classic extensions:

  1. It can tell where your business is located. This will help you communicate that there is a real office with real people behind your website. It builds instant trust.
  2. It can explain that you serve local clients. It will make it easier for potential clients to identify you as physically located in the given city when they look for a local service.
  3. It signals that you are affiliated with the city. This doesn’t have to be a physical affiliation. Think Paris and you will automatically think of fashion. Your products could be made in China, and your business is located in Bremen, but your brand perception is closer to Paris.
  4. It can serve as an elegant, natural “domain hack” With city domain extensions you can have a natural-looking domain hack. The left and the right side of the dot work together. If your brand is not known, but you’re an accountant in London, you should use accounting.london as a way to build up an authoritative profile.

If your city is part of the brand name, you could hack this as well. While one of the most recognized agencies in the world “Mother” uses motherlondon.com as their UK web address, they could show how cutting edge they are with mother.london instead.

  1. It can support the story that you are “cutting edge”. Do a Google search for your service to see how many of your competitors don’t use a .com. Today it’s very few. Here’s a great way to stand out and signal that you think ahead and are not afraid to be different. Creative sectors, in particular, can have an easy win here: Some examples are agencies, designers, architects, and other creative minds.
  2. It can help you rank better locally in Google. The search engine officially treats all top-level domains alike. Ranking high in Google is mostly about having relevant content and backlinks. But that’s not all.

Can you register your city TLD on Freename.io?

Freename.io is a Web3 domain and hence, city TLD register. You can go to the platform and choose the city TLD of your choice. In addition, you can earn royalties by registering a TLD that has never been registered. Freename.io provides an opportunity for its users to earn passively. 


The foundation of a cityTLD is more important than ever before. A growing number of services related to e-government and the smart city can be found on this platform, which also helps cities engage with their stakeholders and acts as a digital tool for location marketing and branding.

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Freename domains are blockchain-based assets and would be minted and stored using a wallet. Users are required to mint and manage their domains using a Metamask or Coinbase-configured wallet. It must be a non-custodial wallet, meaning that one must own the private keys to the wallet in order to approve transactions via a signature.

To benefit from Freename Web 3 domains/TLDs, you must have a wallet. This is because Web 3 domains/TLDs are blockchain-based assets. Users can mint and manage their domains using Metamask or Coinbase-configured wallets.

Keep in mind that it must be a non-custodial wallet. You own the private keys to the wallet (in order to approve transactions via a signature).

Are the Domains Associated with ICANN?

ICANN does not manage freename.io domains. Freename.io believes their TLDs/domains must allow customers to operate independently. Freename.io wants to build a utility infrastructure, allowing customers to use their services for valuable and generative purposes. By leveraging blockchain technology, Freename Web 3 domains/TLDs have no centralized authority imposing rules and regulations.

What is a Wallet?

Every blockchain user requires a wallet in order to interact with the network. A wallet is essentially an account on the blockchain where transactions can be sent and received. It is also where one can store blockchain assets such as cryptocurrency or NFTs (non-fungible tokens). There is no personal information associated with a wallet and none is required to create one. A wallet consists of a public key and a private key. The public key can be safely shared with anyone who wishes to send assets to the corresponding wallet, however, the private key should not be shared and is the key to accessing the wallet in the event where access is lost or to create another instance.

A crypto wallet (cryptocurrency wallet) is software or hardware that enables users to store and use cryptocurrency. With cryptocurrencies, there isn’t any actual money to carry around in a wallet. They exist on the blockchain. Similarly to traditional bank transfers, crypto wallets enable users to send and receive cryptocurrencies, NFTs, etc.

A wallet consists of a public key and a private key. To receive assets, you share your public key associated with your wallet. You should NEVER share your private key.

How do i Claim my Earnings from Freename

ou can withdraw revenues generated passively through a cryptocurrency transfer. Connect your cryptocurrency wallet and, once your withdrawal request is confirmed, the desired amount is pulled from Freename’s reserves and conveniently delivered to you!

Claim your earnings by following these steps:

  1. Connect your cryptocurrency wallet to Freename.io
  2. Request a withdrawal
  3. Receive request confirmation
  4. Receive withdrawal directly to your wallet.

Can i Transfer Domains?

Yes. The domain is stored in your cryptocurrency wallet and can be transferred by you after you have minted it. Access your portfolio, select the TLD or Domain you wish to transfer and type the recipient’s address. Afterwards, you must paste the OTP code you received by mail to confirm the transaction. Keep in mind that currently, it is not possible to import the domain that has been transferred, but it will be possible soon!

Yes. Domains are transferable ONLY after a TLD/domain has been minted and stored in a user’s wallet.

To transfer the TLD (or domain), the user must:

  • Access their wallet
  • Select the item they want to transfer
  • Enter the recipient’s address.
  • Confirm the transaction by pasting the OTP received by email

In the future, Freename.io will support importing domains that have been transferred.

What about Trademarks?

Registering a trademark on your Freename Web3 TLD will allow you to protect your web3 TLD and your logo worldwide juridically.

From the moment you deposit a trademark request, your web3 TLD will be protected worldwide for 6 months awaiting for the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IGE.ch) to confirm and register the availability of your TLD.****

A trademark is any symbol, phrase, or word that allows customers to identify a company’s goods or services. Freename is a web3 domain/TLD provider that also provides trademark registration.

A user must reach out to the trademark department to register a trademark. To get your trademark filed for review at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, a user must provide the following:

  1. Complete a Know your customer (KYC)
  2. A list of TLDs they wish to trademark
  3. Proof of payment

Once these conditions are met, it takes one week for the trademark to be reviewed and logo/TLDs to be provided with six months of worldwide protection.

Is Minting the same as Buying?

Purchasing a TLD (or domain) on Freename and minting it on the blockchain are two distinct steps. When you purchase a TLD (or domain), the transaction is recorded in Freename’s database and not on the blockchain. Minting a TLD (or domain) on the blockchain requires a second step: log into the user’s personal area, select the TLD (or domain) and press “mint TLD” (or domain): done! Don’t worry, once you have purchased a Freename domain, no one can take it away from you!

No. Buying and Minting a TLD/domain are two different things.**

Buying **is the process of recording a transaction on Freename’s database and not on the blockchain.

Minting is the process of pushing a user’s domain from Freename.io data onto the public ledger of a blockchain and into a user’s wallet. Giving the user full control over the TLD/domain.

It is very easy to mint a domain/TLD once you purchase it. Simply:

  • Log into your personal area
  • Select the TLD (or domain)
  • Press “mint TLD” (or domain)

What is Domain Minting?

Minting is the process of publishing a Freename domain (or TLD) on the blockchain via your wallet to gain full custody of the domain. This means that the only person that has control over the domain (or TLD) is the person who controls (has access to) the wallet.

Minting is the process of pushing a user’s domain from Freename.io data onto the public ledger of a blockchain and into a user’s wallet. Giving the user full ownership over the domain.

Minting on Freename.io is as simple as the following steps:

  1. Go to the Freename.io website
  2. Enter the TLD/domain you want to buy in the search bar
  3. Add the TLD/domain to your cart
  4. Go to checkout
  5. Create a Freename.io account
  6. Purchase the TLD/domain with cryptocurrency or a credit card
  7. Go to “portfolio and incomes.”
  8. Click on mint TLD/domain

Which domains are Protected?

Protected domains and TLDs are domains and TLDs that we’ve detected are associated with a brand, organization, or notable person. We believe it is important to increase adoption for the next generation of the internet by helping to onboard brands into the Web3 era. If you are interested in applying for a Protected domain, please contact us.

TLDs/Domains associated with a notable person, brand or organization are considered Protected Domains. Protected domains help onboard brands in Web 3 increasing adoption. Protected domains also protect users from others impersonating/stealing their domains.

Reach out to Freename.io to apply for a protected domain.

Why use Freename?

Freename domains are unique by their very nature: only with Freename you can register domains with unique TLDs for your digital identity while passively earning money!

Freename.io is not only the leading TLD and Domains platform in Web 3, but also lets users generate passive income!

Owning a Freename Web 3 TLD entitles users to receive passive income whenever a domain is bought on their TLD. Users can register and mint TLD/domains of their choice if available.

What is a Domain?

A domain name is a string of letters and/or numbers that points to the IP address of the corresponding website. Generally, it is easier to remember a name than a long string of numbers.

A domain name is an address that people type into a browser bar to find a website. It consists of a Top-Level Domain (TLD), everything that comes after the dot, and the Second-Level Domain (SLD), everything that comes before the dot.

For example, “Freename.io” is the domain name, “Freename” is the SLD and “io” is the TLD.

Which Chains are Supported?

Freename has a multi-chain approach. You can choose on which Blockchain to mint your Web3 Domains and TLDs ranging Among Polygon, Cronos, and Binance.

A user can mint a Freename.io domain/TLD on the following blockchains:

  • Polygon
  • Cronos
  • Binance

Freename plans to expand its multi-chain approach by adding blockchains upon which domains can be minted.

Are there Renewal Fees?

No! Once you’ve bought a Freename Domain or TLD, it’s yours forever, no renewal fees ever!

No. There are no renewal fees on Freename.io. Once a user has paid a one-time payment for a domain/TLD, they own it. Forever.

This is the significant advantage of Web 3 domain/TLD over traditional alternatives.

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