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Difference between .com, .net and .org domains
  • Last Updated : 15 Jul, 2020

The Internet has given rise to various sites. These sites are all linked to various domain names. The domain names are necessary for knowing the authority of the sites.

1. .com domain :
The .com domain is a top-level domain (TLD) and it has become very popular. It was introduced to be used by commercial entities but nowadays it is used by non commercial, network-based and miscellaneous organisations and individuals as well. The word .com has been derived from the word commercial.
Examples : www.google.com, www.bbn.com, www.think.com, www.mcc.com, www.dec.com, www.northrop.com, www.xerox.com.

Google has a .com domain –

Source – www.google.com

2. .net domain :
The term .net has been derived from the word networking. This domain was specially made to showcase the authority of the networking sites, the hosting based services providers or database based service providers and several such related enterprises.
Examples : www.behance.net, www. broken.net, www. nsf.net, www. nyser.net, www. uu.net, www.sesqui.net, www. mr.net, www.oar.net.
Nordu.net is the first domain name registered under .net –


Source – www.nordu.net



3. .org domain :
The term .org shows that the authority of a domain is a non-profit organisation. It was introduced to be used by miscellaneous orgaisations that did not necessarily fit into a specific domain category. The Public Interest Registry (PIR) is the registry for the .org domain. However, due to no strict legal aspect of the authority, anybody can use any domain name as long as it is available.

GeeksforGeeks has .org domain –



Difference between .com, .net and .org domains :

S.No. .com .net .org
1. It is used by for-profit and commercial entities. It is used by networking companies or companies that provide the database or hosting services. It is used by Non-profit organisations.
2. .com is more popular than all other domain names. It is less popular than the .com domain. It is less popular than the .com domain.
3. Verisign is the official provider and registry for the .com domain. Verisign is the official provider and registry for the .net domain. Public Interest Registry (PIR) is the official provider and registry for the .org domain.
4. It is costlier due to its popularity and Verisign being for-pofit. It is cheaper due to .net being less popular than .com. It is cheaper due to the PIR registry being non-profitable.
5. Examples : www.google.com, www.bbn.com, www.think.com, www.mcc.com, www.dec.com, www.northrop.com, www.xerox.com. Examples : www.behance.net, www. broken.net, www. nsf.net, www. nyser.net, www. uu.net, www.sesqui.net, www. mr.net, www.oar.net. Examples : www.geeksforgeeks.org, www.mitre.org, www.src.org, www.super.org, www.aero.org, www.mcnc.org, www.mn.org, www.rti.org.
6. It was introduced for catering to commercial entities. It was introduced for catering to networking organizations. It was introduced for catering to miscellaneous organisations (that did not fit in other categories).
7. .com is derived from the word commercial. .net is derived from the word networking. .org is derived from the word organisation.
8. www.verisign.com is its registry website. www.verisign.com is its registry website. www.pir.com is its registry website.
9. www.symbolics.com was the first site to be named under .com domain. www.nordu.net was the first site to be named under .net domain. www.mitre.org was the first site to be named under .org domain.

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