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Choose Your Name Wisely
Top-Level Domains (TLDs)
There are over 200 top level domains on the Internet. Many are for specific countries and managed by national registries (.ca for Canada or .uk for the United Kingdom). However, the most popular are considered "generic" and used globally:
.com (commercial) - This domain is the most popular and most recognized in the world for domain web hosting. This is one of the original top-level domains and has grown to be the largest. If you register your own domain, it is highly recommended to try and acquire one with this extension. There are no restrictions for use by individuals or businesses from any geographic location. WestHost free domain hosting for .com domain names on select web hosting plans!
.net (network) - net domains were originally intended for use by network oriented entities, however there are no formal restrictions on who can register a domain with this extension, so it is still very popular for domain name hosting. Also offered as free domain hosting option on select plans.
.org (organization) - Originally encouraged for use by non-profit organizations and individuals, there are no restrictions for use of the this domain extension.
.biz (business) - This generic domain extension was introduced in 2001 as an alternative for businesses whose preferred a .com domain and web hosting plan but had already been registered by someone else. There are no specific legal or geographic requirements for registering a .biz domain other than it being for "commercial use".
.info (informative) - This domain alternative was released in 2001 to take pressure off of the crowded .com domain and web hosting. It has been extremely popular since its launch and has no restrictions on registration.
.us (United States) - Registrants of .us domains should be entities connected or located in the United States. It is also a popular domain for U.S. businesses looking for an alternative to .com.
Getting your own domain name
Selecting your own domain for web hosting allows you to brand your website as well as own the e-mail rights to that domain. Domain names typically say something about the business they represent. For example:
- Company Name: Sven's Shoes
- Internet Domain Name: svensshoes.com
- E-mail Addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you've decided on a domain name, don't wait! There are millions of domains that are already taken, but many more still available. Search for your domain now using our enhanced website and domain registration tool. Getting the right web host is important too!
Get a free domain for life with our Preferred and Business hosting plans. We give you total control of the domain, point it, park it, whatever, it's your choice!
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