Domain Names

The domain name tells you the type of organization sponsoring a page. It is a short code, usually two to four letters, that is part of the URL and preceded by a "dot." Most U.S. codes are three letters, other countries commonly use two. Here are the most common domains.

.edu
educational institution
Even though a page comes from an educational institution, it does not mean the institution endorses the views published by students or faculty members.
.com
commercial entity
Companies advertise, sell products, and publish annual reports and other company information on the Web. Many online newspapers or journals also have .com names.
.gov
government
Federal and state government agencies use the Web to publish legislation, census information, weather data, tax forms and many other documents.
.org
non-profit organization
Nonprofit organizations use the Web to promote their causes. These pages are good sources to use when comparing different sides of an issue.
.net internet service providers
.ca for sites in Canada
.mil for U.S. military
.aero for the air transportation industry
.biz general use by businesses
.coop restricted use by cooperatives
.info for both commercial and non-commercial sites
.museum for museums
.name for use by individuals
.mobi
mobile ready sites

 

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