|Introduced||November 18, 2014|
|TLD type||Generic top-level domain|
|Sponsor||Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co., Ltd.|
.top is a generic top-level domain, officially delegated in ICANN's New gTLD Program on August 4, 2014.
The domain name extension .top is managed and operated by the .top registry (registry backend ZDNS) which belongs to Jiangsu Bangning Science & Technology Co., Ltd. in Nanjing, China and can be registered by anyone since November 18, 2014 without special requirements.
A second level domain under the top level domain (TLD) .top can consist of digits, letters, hyphens and specific special characters while it can have a length of 1 up to (a maximum) of 63 characters. Like most other TLDs It can be registered for a period of at least 1 year up to (a maximum) of 10 years in advance. The private registration (WHOIS privacy) of .top domains is supported as well the ability to register internationalized domain names (IDNs) which includes the character sets Arabic, Chinese (simplified & traditional), French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.
The meaning of the word "top" (adjective) is globally recognized a synonym for "best", "high-end", "leading", "highest (rank / quality / position)", "state-of-the-art", "outstanding" etc. in a large number of (western) languages. This plus its easy spelling makes it one of the most used expressions in print / radio / TV / web when it comes to pointing out how something is valued. In opposite to the generic 3 letter TLDs .com / .net & .org which are all abbreviations that stand for "commercial" / "network" & "organization", the generic 3 letter TLD .top is a complete word, "top".