Domain Names Explained

Your domain name is the official name of your web site and appears in your web and email addresses. For all but the big brands, it’s a good idea to choose a name that gives people some idea as to what you do – like:

www.greatapartments.co.uk.

Domain names always have two or more parts, separated by full stops. The part on the left is the most specific, and the part on the right is the most general. Some of the most common domains are .com (commercial), .edu (educational), .net (network operations), .gov (government), .org (organisations), .ltd (limited companies) and .co.uk. These last ones are usually used to denote a uk-based business but can also be used for individuals. When choosing a domain name, be imaginative. If greatapartments.co.uk is not available, try greatapartments.com, if this is also not available try greatapartments.net, or even great-apartments.com.

Domain Name Extensions

This table explains the meaning of the Domain name extensions:

Domain Details
.co.uk The usual option if you trade mainly in the United Kingdom, indicates a UK base.
.uk An alternate UK registration. A good option if the .com or .co.uk name is not available.
.ltd.uk UK based companies that are registered LTD’s only. Please email or call to register.
.org.uk The usual choice for non-profit-making organisations based in the UK.
.me.uk Introduced in 2002 as a domain for personal use aimed at UK National persons.
.scot Indicates a Scottish base.
.com Gives an international status with no obvious indication as to where the company is based.
.net A popular choice for those who cannot register the .com of their choice.
.org Short for Organisation. The most common extension used by charities. It can be used in conjunction with a country reference.
.biz A global domain introduced in 2001, .biz is for businesses or business ideas in development.
.info A global domain introduced in 2001, .info is available for all uses.
.tv If you’re looking for a domain name to promote any media website, .tv could be a great choice for your site.
.uk.com An alternate UK registration. A good option if the .com or .co.uk or .uk name is not available.
.uk.net An alternate UK registration. A good option if the .net name is not available.
.gb.net An alternate UK registration. A good option if the .com or .co.uk or .uk name is not available.
.gb.com An alternate UK registration. A good option if the .com or .co.uk or .uk name is not available.
.us.com This second level domain name is a popular choice for companies that have or wish to develop a presence in the United States.

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