Domain Name Extensions And Their Purposes

domain name extensionsDo you know that domain name extensions have meanings and purposes? Websites owners are not just using them because they sound good. Some domain name extensions are cheaper than the others. If you are planning to buy your own domain name for your business or personal use and want to use the appropriate domain name extension, then below are the lists of domain name extensions and their meaning and purposes:

  • .com (commercial) – this is the most popular and widely used extension. If you will notice, most online businesses and companies prefer .com extension because it is highly recognized symbol if you want to set your business presence on the internet.
  • .net (network) – commonly used by companies and businesses that directly involve internet service and infrastructure like internet service providers and Web hosting companies.
  • .org (organization) – usually used by non profit or trade organization and association
  • .biz – commonly used by small business websites
  • .info – signifies a resource or information websites
  • .mobi (mobile) – for websites on mobile devices.
  • .us – American Web sites
  • .cc – this was made actually for the country code for Coco’s Keeling Islands. This is unrestricted and may used by anyone regardless of the country.
  • .bz –  this was actually for the country code for Belize. This is unrestricted and may used by anyone regardless of the country. It is now being use by small businesses who can no longer have the name they want using the .biz extension.
  • .ws  – was originally made as the country code for Western Samoa, but nowadays, it is commonly used as an acronym for “Web sites.” This is unrestricted and may used by anyone regardless of the country.
  • .tv  – is for multimedia websites. This is commonly used by websites related to entertainment or media industry.
  • .jobs– this is usually used by websites related to human resource industry.
  • .eu – this was actually made for the European Union. If you want to use it, you must meet one of these requirements: must have  a registered office, the central administration office of your business must be within the European community, or your organization was established within the European community .
  • .fm – although made for the country code, it is now commonly used for FM radio.
  • .am – just like the .fm, .am is now used for AM radio, the fact that it was originally for country code Armenia.
  • .name– this extension is created for personal use. This is commonly used by websites that gives personal information or photos of a person.
  • .edu – commonly used by schools and educational institution websites
  • .ph -this was made actually for the country code for Philippines. This is unrestricted and may used by anyone regardless of the country.
  • .edu.ph -this is commonly used by schools and educational institution in the Philippines. This is unrestricted and may used by anyone regardless of the country.
  • .travel – is restricted to used by websites related to travel industry like travel agents and airlines.
  • .pro – intended to be used by qualified professionals.
  • .aero – is reserved for association, agencies, and organization related to aviation field.
  • .int –  claimed to have the strictest usage policies. It implies that the registrant is a subject of international law. If you are applying for this, you will be required to provide treaty based evidence like United Nations treaty registration number. It should also has independent legal status.
  • .asia – is made for companies, and organizations that are based in Asia, Australia, and the Pacific.
  • .coop – restricted to cooperatives
  • .cat – is for websites with or related to Catalan language and culture
  • .museum – restricted to legitimate museum.
  • .tel – This is a contact directory providing all types of contact information straight to the Domain Name System.