Dot com or dot net, which is the best domain name to settle for?

Written by Chris K.


When seeking domain names most people get confused over whether to settle for a dot com address or a dot net one. More so in recent times when dot net addresses have risen in popularity and usage onrepparttar net.

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What is even more worrying is that there is increasing evidence to suggest that an increasing number of people end up at a website after hearing about it either from a friend or acquaintance, or by seeing an advertisement on Television or hearing about it on radio or reading something aboutrepparttar 150090 site. When committingrepparttar 150091 website address to memory very few will distinctly rememberrepparttar 150092 dot net address if that isrepparttar 150093 domain name that you have chosen.

Having said that,

Domain Names 101

Written by Jennifer Chiera


Somehow you've found your way torepparttar internet, and if you're reading this article, then you are one stop closer to registering your first domain name. Whether you're looking to register a name for a personal blog, or for your online business,repparttar 149895 right domain name can meanrepparttar 149896 difference between success and failure.

Once you are familiar withrepparttar 149897 basics, you will feel confident enough to make a sensible decision, and findrepparttar 149898 best domain name solution for your specific needs.

What is a domain name?

The best way to understandrepparttar 149899 concept of a domain name is to think of it as a mask, orrepparttar 149900 alphanumeric equivalent of an ip address. This mask allows you to access web pages onrepparttar 149901 internet in an easy to remember way. For examplerepparttar 149902 domain name for this site is www.DomainBash.com. That is a lot easier to remember than something that looks like 24.195.85.161, which is whatrepparttar 149903 ip address thatrepparttar 149904 domain name is masking. Your domain name will essentially become your online identity, and how your visitors will be able to find your website inrepparttar 149905 endless sea of sites that isrepparttar 149906 web.

Understandingrepparttar 149907 parts

Now that you have a basic understanding of what a domain name is, you are ready to understandrepparttar 149908 individual parts ofrepparttar 149909 domain name. Again we will use www.domainbash.com for our example. The www stands for “world wide web” which encompasses all things accessible onrepparttar 149910 internet. The second part, which isrepparttar 149911 part where some minor creativity will help, isrepparttar 149912 domain name – in our example, this would be domainbash. This, more often times than not, is alsorepparttar 149913 name of your website, or business. Last, we haverepparttar 149914 TLD – Top Level Domain, orrepparttar 149915 extension. There are various extensions available for your consideration.

TLDs In Depth

TLDs can be further broken down into gTLDs (generic top level domains) and ccTLDs (country code top level domains).

Generic Top Level Domains gTLDs

.aero – airport industry
.biz – business
.com – commercial, unrestricted
.coop – cooperatives
.edu – US education
.gov - US government
.info – informational, unrestricted
.mil – US military
.museum – museums
.name – individuals
.net – networks, unrestricted
.org – organizations, unrestricted


Country Code Top Level Domains ccTLDs

There are over 240 ccTLDs which correspond to country codes. Some ccTLDs offer open registration, while others restrict their usage. Some that offer open registration are .cc – Cocos (Keeling) Islands, .bz – Belize, and .ws – Western Samoa, to name just a few. Seerepparttar 149916 full list here. Using ccTLDs that are available to you in your area is a good way to get a quality domain name that suits your website or business.

Using a ccTLD is no different than usingrepparttar 149917 more popular gTLDs, and you will have a better chance of

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