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domainWhich domain should I register for my website? Which domain extension will be feet for my domain name. These questions are frequently arise at very initial stage of website development.

Many people know only .com, org and .net domain extensions. They are surprised to find out about all the other several available extensions. Even most of web developer hesitated to register other available domain extensions. Before start to build website it is important to make a wise decision about proper domain name and it’s extension. I usually try to educate my clients who came first for their requirement of website development.

Domain extensions are dedicated to specific purposes, like .MOBI, for mobile websites. Other extensions are dedicated to specific industries like .TRAVEL, for the travel industry.Beyond these “generic” top level domains (gTLDs) there are also country code top level domains (ccTLDs) to represent specific countries, like .IN for India or .JP for Japan.

For guide line of domain extensions here is list of domain extensions and What They Mean

  • .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. This is why
    “Dr. Bill Bailey.NET” is called “.NET” since we are a web site hosting
    service. Additionally,
    some businesses choose domain names with a .net extension for their
    intranet Websites.
  • .org
    represents the word “organization,” and is primarily used by
    non-profit groups or trade associations. It is also used by Non-Profit ministries, and is very widely known and accepted.
  • .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.
  • .us
    is for American Web sites and is the newest extension. It has the
    largest amount of available names in inventory.
  • .ly
    is a country site for the nation of Libya, and is used by some because of “spelling” things, like “on.ly” and “bit.ly”
  • .cc
    was originally the country code for Coco’s Keeling Islands. It is
    unrestricted and may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .bz
    was originally designated as the country code for Belize, but is now
    commonly used by small business who can’t get the name they want using
    the .biz extension. It is unrestricted and may be registered by anyone,
    from any country.
  • .tv
    is the country domain for Tuvalu, a Pacific island nation, and has come
    to be used mainly for rich content/multi-media Web sites, commonly used
    within the
    entertainment or media industry.
  • .me
    is the country code for the nation of Montenegro, and has come to be
    used for personal (vanity) sites. (As in, it’s all about “me.”)
  • .vg
    is the coutry code for the British Virgin Islands. It is unrestricted
    and may be registred by anyone, from any country.
  • .ws
    was originally designated as the country code for Western Samoa, but is
    now commonly used as an acronym for “Web sites.” It is unrestricted and
    may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .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.
  • .de is the country code for Germany. It is unrestricted and may be registered by anyone, from any country. If you are not a resident and citizen of Germany, the Administrative Contact for this domain name
    registration will automatically be assigned Network Solutions’ German
    proxy contact information.
  • .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.
  • .be is the country code for Belgium. It is unrestricted and may be registered by
    anyone, from any country.
  • .cn is the country code for China. It may be registered by businesses, organizations and sole proprietorships from any country.
  • .com.cn
    is the country code for China. The .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.
  • .net.cn is the country code for China. The .net portion of the extension represents
    the word “network”, and is generally used by internet infrastructure
    providers. It may be registered by businesses, organizations and sole
    proprietorships from any country.
  • .org.cn is the country code for China. The .org portion of the extension indicates the
    domain is for an organization. It may be registered by businesses,
    organizations and sole proprietorships from any country.
  • .cn Regional names. There are 34 regional .cn extensions available, for example, .bj.cn.
    The .bj portion of the extension represents Beijing and the .cn
    represents China. These extensions may be registered by businesses,
    organizations and sole proprietorships from any country.
  • .tw is the country code for Taiwan. It may be registered by businesses, organizations and sole proprietorships from any country.
  • .com.tw is the country code for Taiwan. The .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.
  • .org.tw is the country code for Taiwan. The .org portion of the extension indicates the domain is for an organization. It may be registered by businesses, organizations and sole proprietorships from any country.
  • .at is thecountry code for Austria. It is unrestricted and may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .com.mx is the country code for Mexico. The .com 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.
  • .co.nz is the country code for New Zealand. 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.
  • .net.nz is the country code for New Zealand. The .net portion of the extension
    represents the word “network”, and is generally used by internet
    infrastructure providers. It is unrestricted and may be registered by
    anyone, from any country.
  • .org.nz is the country code for New Zealand. 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.
  • .gs
    is the country code for the South Georgia & South Sandwich
    Islands.
    It is unrestricted and may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .tc is the country code for the Turks & Caicos Islands. It is unrestricted
    and may be registered by anyone, from any country.
  • .ms is the country code for Montserrat. It is unrestricted and may be registered
    by anyone, from any country.
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