Top Level Domain Names

Valid Domain Names
A domain name can be up to 26 characters long -- including the 4 characters used to identify the Top Level Domain (.COM, .NET, .ORG, .EDU or .GOV).

Selecting A Domain Extension
The .COM domain is the most common and is used for both commercial or individual purposes. The InterNIC reserves .ORG extensions for non-profit organizations whereas .NET extensions must meet the criteria outlined by the InterNIC below. If you wish to register a domain with either a .NET or .ORG, you must be prepared to provide information which substantiates the request. Otherwise, you need to select a domain name with a .COM extension.

Criteria For NET Domains outlined by InterNIC
The NET top-level domain was created to hold Internet "infrastructure" machines (routers, gateways, nameservers etc.) and the computers of related organizations (NICs, NOCs, etc.) see the description below for top-level domains from RFC-1591.

NET is not intended to be a domain for end-users. Provision of web page, database, email or consulting services does not qualify an organization for registration in the NET domain. Neither do the words "net" or "network" in the organization name. If a desired name is taken in COM, this does not automatically qualify an organization for registration in the NET domain.

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