The list is virtually endless: .gov, .edu, .org, .tw… But do these groups of words really mean something? Or are they just part of the so-called domain name of a web address? And what are the different types and purposes of each domain name extension? This article aims to easily explain domain name extensions.
What exactly is a domain name extension? A domain name extension can be compared to an umbrella. It is defined as a part of a web address in which it is registered. All of the web addresses available in the World Wide Web can be categorized using different domain name extensions.
Domain name extensions can be categorized into various types: purpose, category, and even country of origin. The most common domain name extension is the .com or commercial organization. Throughout the whole world wide web, a large portion of web addresses have .com as their extension. Following .com as a domain name extension are the following: .net for ISPs and .org for non-profit organizations.
Due to the advent of technology, a larger proportion, if not all, of the countries has an access to the internet. Because of this, web addresses can use domain name extensions assigned to a certain country. Some of the examples are as follows:
- .fr -France
- .jp -Japan
- .ph -Philippines
- .us -United States of America
- .uk -United Kingdom, and the list can go on.
Another way to end a domain name is with the new set of domain name extensions that are not found in the previous types. The use of these extensions can be accessed in any country in the world. Some of these new extensions are the following:
Yes, a lot of domain name extensions are available, and it is steadily increasing as time goes by, but rest assure that each domain name extension has a specific purpose in mind.