Domain names

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.