What does a Domain Extension Mean?

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What does a Domain Extension Mean?

Postby Teo » Sun Mar 07, 2010 4:56 pm

Below you'll find some of the more popular domain extensions and their extension meaning.

.COM (Commercial) - Generally intended for commercial use. By far the most recognized domain name extension.

.NET (Network) - This was originally intended for network oriented sites such as internet service providers. This definitely isn't the case any longer. People will register .NET domains for commercial use, generally if the .COM extension isn't available or if they'd like to protect their main .COM domain by registering all available extensions.

.ORG (Organization) - This domain extension was originally intended for non-profit or trade organizations. This is generally registered by anyone looking to protect their main domain by registering all available domain extensions or simply because a better extension isn't available for registration.

.BIZ (Business) - This is generally registered to classify their website as a business. Although it's not a commonly recognized extension, it’s a great alternative if the .COM extension isn't available.

.CA (Canada) - This is generally reserved for Canadian based businesses.

.US (United States) - This generally refers to US based companies.

CO.UK (United Kingdom) - This country code domain is generally reserved for commercial related websites based in the United Kingdom. Although it's not restricted to just UK based business.

.CN (China) - This is for China. This domain is not restricted to companies based in China and can basically be registered by anyone that would like a .CN extension.

.INFO (Informational) - This is generally used as an extension for informational websites. Other than .COM, .NET & .ORG, it's the most popular domain extension used. If you are developing an informational website it's definitely a domain extension to be register.

.MOBI (Mobile) - This domain extension, is fairly new. My option is that the majority of the domain name owners registered their domain name with the .MOBI domain name to protect their brand, it is primarily reserved for website built for displaying on mobile devices.

.TV (Television) - Mostly used for media, video and related websites.

.WS (Website) - This is for Western Samoa but was converted to a domain extension commonly used as an acronym for 'website'.

.ME (ME) - This is the newest domain. It’s generally used for personal related websites such as family websites or blogs or to post your resume or even artwork that you may have done. The other use would be to create a very memorable personal email address.

.NAME (NAME) - This is intended for personal use. You'll find that this extension is used for personal / family websites or simply used for name related email addresses.
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