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Are you ready to own a property in the virtual world?
If yes, do you have a domain name? If you are a regular of discovery news, you know about the current space navigation trying to assess whether there exists another planet that can support life. When the discovery succeeds, humans will start owning the property on the new planet. But before then, do you own a space on the virtual planet. Virtual world! How and what are you talking about?
Relax. Do not let the statement to scale you. The question is simple; do you have a domain name or a website. Just like owning a plot in the physical world, having a site ranks you among the property owners in the world of internet. The process starts with registering a domain name which comes with a domain extension or GTLDs.

WHAT IS GTLD?

GTLD is an abbreviation standing for generic top-level domains. Or else, it is a term used to refer to domain extensions that are readily available for use by any person looking onto launch a website. These extensions include but not limited to .com, .org, .net, .biz, and .edu among others.
When you want to register a website, you have a freedom of selecting any of these extensions. Notably, from 2012, new gTLDs are joining the domain market. Today, you can find an extension for a specific field of your interest such as .company, .online, .tech, .photography, and so on.

SPONSORED GTLDS

Sponsored gTLDs is a special category under the gTLDs. These extensions are restricted for use for particular purposes. They include .gov for governmental departments, .ml for the US military sites, .edu for educational institutions as well as .ac which are also set for education facilitates.
Essentially, these extensions are set aside for specific groups responsible for establishment and enforcement of rules and regulations in a given field. As such, only those with this mandate can register domains carrying the sponsored TLDs.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES IN GTLDS AND THE SPONSORED TLDS?

a) Google Friendliness

As stated earlier, generic top-level domains are available for use by every person. For this reason, Google fall in love with them. Thus, obtaining a domain name with this extension will enhance your ranking compared with the sponsored domains.
The theory behind this is because many people will likely click links with .com extension as they believe it contains information which is easy to read for any level visitor. So, as you know, most clicked websites will rank higher on the search engine in comparison to their counterparts.

b) Pricing

Since they are restricted for use for particular purposes, sponsored TLDs will go for higher prices compared with the generic ones. A generic domain is available with just $10 per year or less. Finding a sponsored domain at this price can only happen in a movie or a dream. You will have to pay hundreds or even thousand dollars to obtain one.

c) Registration/ purchasing process

Another difference between the two types of domain extension is the registration process. For a generic domain, the process is simple. All you need is to check for availability, choose your preferred domain name, and fill in your details and checkout. When it comes to the sponsored domain, the registration process is complex.
First, you have to produce a proof of the specific group for registration approval. If you are lucky, you will proceed to registration where you must follow the laid down legal procedures for acquiring a sponsored domain.
In whole, gTLD is the acronym for generic top-level domains. Under it, a special category exists known as sponsored domains. This class has some restrictions, and the extensions are not available for use by any person.