Common web address suffixes

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Common web address suffixes
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The domain suffix is the part that comes after the "" The group that manages these top-level domains, among other Internet-related items, is the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN. There are hundreds of domain suffixes that have been approved by ICANN. A few of the common U.S. suffixes are listed below in alphabetical order.

Dotcom (.com)

This is the first domain suffix ever used and stands for company. It is mainly used for commercial or business-related websites. However, anyone can get a .com domain and usually do so because it is the most popular.

Dot biz (.biz)

The .biz suffix stands for business, however very few businesses use that for their websites. It is used by many small, independently owned businesses.

Dot edu (.edu)

.Edu has been designated for strictly postsecondary educational institutions that meet the requirements that are laid out by Educause. Educause is the sole registrar of the .edu domain.

Common web address suffixes
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Dot gov (.gov)

The .gov suffix stands for government and is used only for U.S. government entities, both federal- and state-level.

Dot info (.info)

.Info is short for information and is typically used for information-based or infomercial-type websites. However, anyone can purchase a .info domain, and they normally run pretty cheap.

Dot me (.me)

While the .com suffix is still the most popular for personal websites, people have also added or started using the .me suffix for personal websites.

Dot mil (.mil)

The .mil suffix is available for U.S. military websites only. For example, you can get to the U.S. Army's official website by going to>

Dot mobi (.mobi)

Although anyone can get a .mobi domain, the suffix is used for mobile-only websites, or websites created specifically for a Web-ready mobile device.

Dot name (.name)

.Name is another suffix available for personal websites.

Dot net (.net)

The .net is another popular suffix and is usually the second or third choice if the .com or .org is not available for a business. It is short for network.

Dot org (.org)

The .org stands for organisation and is typically used for non-profit organisations.

Dot tv (.tv) and dot us (.us)

The .tv suffix was created for television stations. However, the .com still trumps it in actual use by television stations. And since the domain is available for anyone, not all with the .tv suffix are a media entity, although most will probably host video.

.Us is the country code for the United States. There are dozens of other two-letter suffixes for U.S. states along with other countries in the world.

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