What Do Web Extensions Mean?

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Web extensions are the last part of a website's domain name. Each Web extension has a specific meaning which serves to categorise the site and provide certain information about it.

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Commercial Extensions

Web extensions can mean a website is for commercial purposes. These commonly include .com (commercial), .biz (small businesses) and .net (network).

Location-Specific Extensions

Some web extensions indicate the country of the site's origin. For example, these can include .us (United States), .uk (United Kingdom), .de (Germany) or .cn (China).

Non-Profit Sites

The extension that means a website belongs to a non-profit or other similar organisation is .org.

Informative Sites

The web extension .info indicates a site is considered a reputable source of information.

School Extensions

A domain name ending in .edu (for education) means the website is operated by a school, usually a college or university.

Other Common Extensions

Other web extensions seen regularly include .mobi for sites optimised for mobile browsing devices and .tv for multimedia sites, often belonging to entertainment companies.

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