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What do all the different domains, like .com, .net, and .org, mean?

Re: What do all the different domains, like .com, .net, and .org, mean?

The root-domain defines what kind or organization you are, so it is important to pick the right one to register. Most companies will try to register a .com domain.

There are many types of global root domain:

  • ".com" is the American"commercial" root-domain. Many people think this is the most desirable as it portrays a company as being international.
  • ".edu" is the American education domain - this domain is not available for registration unless you are an American educational establishment.
  • ".org" is the global root-domain for non-profit-making and charitable organizations.
  • ".net" is the global root-domain usually used by companies who provide Internet based services, but can be registered by all.

As well as these global root-domains, there are also regional root domains:

  • ".in" for India as a whole,
  • ".fr" for france,
  • ".de" for Germany, and so on.


New global root domains have also been proposed, such as .firm, .arts, .rec and .nom, but these are not yet available.

-- 3/20/2008 10:56:23 AM: post edited by mnilsen.

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