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Domain Name FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  1. What are the most popular 3 domain types (.com, .org, and .net) intended for?
  2. How long can a domain name be?
  3. What about the new domain types I keep hearing about?

  1. What are the current 3 domain types (.com, .org, and .net) intended for?

    The domain types are intended to differentiate between various types of organizations on the Internet. Generally, the following rules apply:

    .com businesses and commercial enterprises
    .net network-related organizations and enterprises
    .org charitable or non-profit organizations

    The domain suffix type itself has no bearing on accessibility on the Internet from a technical standpoint, but over time the .com domain type has become the most popular and recognizable on the Internet.

  2. How long can a domain name be?

    New domain names can be up to 67 characters in length (including the extension).
    Previously, all .com,.net, and .org domain names were limited to 26 characters.

    The following domain is 63 characters long:

  3. What about the new domain types I keep hearing about?

    .biz intended for businesses. While the ".com" extension is also intended for business, people registering a new ".biz" domain will be required to certify that they will use the site for "legitimate commercial use".
    .info sites that will provide general information, and intended for both companies and individuals. ".info" is seen as an internationally friendly web extensions, as the word "information" translates similary across many languages.
    .name sites will allow individuals to have a section of the web zones solely for personal use.
    .pro intended exclusively for "professionals", such as lawyers, doctors and accountants.
    .aero reserved for legitimate members of the air transport industry and civil aviation sector, including airlines, airports, and related industry bodies.
    .coop will be run for business cooperatives, such as credit unions and rural electric cooperatives.
    .museum intended as a sign of authenticity to assure users that sources of information about cultural and scientific heritage are verifiable