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Regularly requested Domain Name extensions and their description

07 Jul 2010

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Here at Handmade CSS Design we are regularly asked by clients “what URL I should use for my blog, portfolio website, business social network etc.?”

To help or clients decide easier we have compiled a list of the most discussed URL’s (in our offices at least!) and their descriptions so as to help our clients select the appropriate domain extension for their website.

  • .com represents the word “commercial,” and is the most widely used extension in the world. Most businesses prefer a .com domain name because it is a highly recognized symbol for having a business presence on the Internet.
  • .net represents the word “network,” and is most commonly used by Internet service providers, Web-hosting companies or other businesses that are directly involved in the infrastructure of the Internet. Some businesses choose domain names with a .net extension for their intranet websites and to also represent networks of professional working together such as www.aggelopoulos.net.
  • .org represents the word “organization,” and is primarily used by non-profits groups or trade associations.
  • .biz is used for small business Web sites.
  • .info is for credible resource Web sites and signifies a “resource” web site. It’s the most popular extension beyond .com, .net and .org.
  • .mobi (short for “mobile”) is reserved for Web sites built for easy viewing on mobile devices.
  • .gr was originally the country code for Greece. It is unrestricted and may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .com.gr is the country code for Greece he .com portion of the extension indicates the domain is for commercial purposes (similar to a standard .com extension). It may be registered by businesses, organizations and sole proprietorships from any country.
  • .tv is for rich content/multi-media Web sites, commonly used within the entertainment or media industry.
  • .name is the only domain extension specifically designed for personal use. It is commonly used for easy to remember e-mail addresses and personal web sites that display photos or personal information about an individual.
  • .co.uk is the country code for United Kingdom. The .co portion of the extension indicates the domain name is for commercial purposes (similar to a standard .com extension). It is unrestricted and may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .org.uk is the country code for United Kingdom. The .org portion of the extension indicates the domain name is for an organization. It is unrestricted and may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .me.uk is the country code for United Kingdom. The .me portion of the extension indicates the domain name is for an individual. It is unrestricted and may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .eu is the country code for the European Union. Registration of .eu domain names requires registrants to meet one of the three eligibility requirements: have a registered office, central administration or principal place of business within the European Community; have an organization established within the European Community without prejudice to the application of national law; or be a natural person resident within the European Community. Alternatively, you can secure the use of a .eu domain name by using Network Solutions .EU Registration Service. Network Solutions Europe, LLC is the registrar for all .eu domain names.

NOTE!: The list above is by no means definitive and is not designed to be that way; it is simply a representation of what is regularly requested from us by our clients.


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