The top domain name tells you the type of organization sponsoring a page.
Some of the most common domains are:
- .com commercial entity
Companies advertise, sell products, and publish annual reports and other company information on the web. Many online newspapers or journals also have .com names.
- .edu educational institution
Even though a page comes from an educational institution, it does not mean the institution endorses the views published by students or faculty members.
- .gov government
Federal and state government agencies use the web to publish legislation, census information, weather data, tax forms and many other documents.
- .org non-profit organization (generally)
Nonprofit organizations use the web to promote their causes.
- .net network
Net is used primarily by internet service providers. Other sites (personal, commercial or even educational) sometimes also use .net names.