Domain are built up of two parts. name.extension
- The name, which normally is your business name or describes what the business offers, or both. In some cases, keywords or phrases are used. Be careful not unintentionally or use inappropriate domain names, for example, Itscrap.com IT Scrap, Whorepresents.com. Who Represents, Penisland.net. Pen Island. Expertsexchange.com. Experts Exchange. You get my point.
- Then there is the last bit, called an extension, this identifies what kind of website it is. We offer over 500 types of extensions.
For businesses in the UK .uk and .co.uk, if your market is worldwide then consider .com and .net. The right domain extension sets the proper expectation for users accessing your site. If you selling a product? Are you offering information? These are key questions because they determine which domain extension is appropriate for your business.
Here is a breakdown of the most common domain extensions:
- .com – “Com” is short for “Commercial.” Commercial businesses, for-profit companies, personal blogs, and non-personal blogs are all standard for owning a .com domain.
- .net – “Net” is short for “Network” and is generally associated with “umbrella” sites for services like internet providers, emailing services, and internet infrastructure.
- .org – Short for “Organisation.” These sites are generally associated with non-profits, charities, and other informational. Other organisations who use .org are sports teams, religious groups, and community organisations.
- .edu – or “Education.” Schools, universities, and other educational sites will utilise the .edu domain extension for an air of authority.
- .gov – or “Government.” These sites are required to be part of the Government. Anything related to government programs or other departments must have a .gov domain extension.
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Protecting your privacy
Because domain details are public record in the WHOIS and RDAP directories, many businesses choose to keep their personal information private. Unprotected data is susceptible to being mined by spammers and scammers. We offer a protected data service for a small nominal fee.
Beware of registrars who charge a premium for “privacy services,” especially any who offer to put their details on these registries instead of yours, which secretly gives them ownership of the domain.