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What are the standard top-level domain names and who controls them?

        Tech | Internet Basics

The article How Web Servers Work discusses the concept of domain names. "" is a domain name. The com portion of the name is called the top-level domain name. There is a very small set of generic top-level domain names, which you will probably recognize:

com - for commercial endeavors org - for non-profit organizations net - for network providers mil - for military organizations gov - for government organizations edu - for educational organizations info - for entities providing information services

­There are also a number of top-level domain names for individual countries, including countries like Canada (ca), Australia (au) and the United Kingdom (uk).

IANA, the Internet Assigned Numbers Association, provides world-wide management of the top-level domain names. See the next page for more information and related links.