Are you familiar with all the domain name extensions? What do they mean and how to use them correctly?
Despite the fact that .com is the most commonly preferred extension as people usually enter XXX.com when they search for a particular domain name, there are still many others (like .net, .info, .biz etc) which you can use and exploit them profitably. Right below I show you some of the most commonly seen extensions. They should give you some ideas on what kind of domain extension you should choose according to the nature of your business model..
biz (‘business’) — For business websites.
.com (‘commercial’) — Basically for any type of websites but not suitable for non-commercial nature. #1 choice for most webmasters.
.info (‘information’) — For websites full of resources and information. 4th most popular extension.
.jobs — Mainly used in human resource industry.
.mobi (‘mobile’) — Either for mobile products and services, or for easy viewing of your websites on mobile devices.
.name — More appropriate for personal websites.
.net (‘network’) — For any online operations. 2nd most popular extension.
.org (‘organization’) — Primarily used by non-profit organizations or trade associations. But nowadays more .org owners are making their websites as commercialized as a business website. 3rd most popular.
.ws (‘website’) — For any type of websites. No restriction. But avoid using this as most people find .ws odd.
To appear professional, .com, .net, .biz work better. If your website contains local information, services, etc, or more to the point, you’re targeting locally, then a local country code extension will suit you better. Local extension usually costs more because of its specialized and localized presence.
.ag — Country code for Antigua and Barbuda. Sometimes used for agricultural sites.
.com.ag, .net.ag and .org.ag are also available.
.am — Country code for Armenia. But often used for AM radio stations.
.at — Country code for Austria..be — Country code for Belgium.
.ca — Country code for Canada.
.cc — Country code for Cocos (Keeling) Islands.
.cn — Country code for China.
.com.cn, .net.cn, .org.cn are also available.
.co.nz — nz is the Country code for New Zealand. The .co portion means it’s for commercial purposes. Similar to .com extension.
.net.nz and .org.nz are also available.
.co.uk — uk is the country code for United Kingdom. The .co portion means it’s for commercial purposes. .me.uk and .org.uk are also available. The .me portion of the extension indicates the domain name is for an individual.
.de — Country code for Germany.
.eu — Country code for European Union.
.fm — Country code for the Federated States of Micronesia but it’s often used for FM radio stations or Internet radio stations.
.gs — Country code for South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
.jp — Country code for Japan..me — Country code for Montenegro.
.ms — Country code for Montserrat.
.my — Country code for Malaysia.
.nu — Country code for Niue.
.sg — Country code for Singapore.
.tc — Country code for Turks and Caicos Islands.
.tv — Country Code for Tuvalu but it’s commonly used for the television / entertainment industry purposes.
.tw — Country code for Taiwan. .com.tw, .org.tw, .idv.tw are also available. The .idv.tw extension stands for Taiwan / Individual.
.us — Country code for United States.
.vg — Country code for British Virgin Islands.
Registering your domain with a specific extension emits a different online presence to web surfers. For example, yoursite.com is a generic domain but yoursite.biz will straightaway tell your audience that you’re doing business. However, there’s no hard and fast rules on which one you should use. Basically, it’s all up to you.