URL Addresses

United States
October 24, 2008 9:16pm CST
What do you think we are going to do with the Internet once the number of addresses run out? * So far, we have been adding a bit of diversification to the ending of the URL, so now you find .org, .gov, .net and so on instead of always the ubiquitous .com in cyber travel.
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• United States
26 Oct 08
Actually there are a whole bunch of different domain extensions (also called top-level domains) available. For starters you have the US extensions; .COM, .NET, .ORG, .BIZ, .INFO, .JOBS, .MOBI, .TV, .US, and .WS . Then you also have all of the country specific extensions such as .UK (United Kingdom), and .NZ (New Zealand). Which also incorporate the previously listed extensions, i.e. .com.uk . If at some point available URLs become somewhat scarce then ICAAN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers www.icann.org) ,the governing body for URLs, will just add new ones. Did you know that in most cases the www. is not even necessary? For example amazon.com typed into your browsers address bar will work the same as www.amazon.com. The only problem with this is that MS Word and some other programs won't automatically convert a web address to a hyperlink unless you include the www. My one website is inhomecs-springfield.com , and it will work either with or without the www. Since you had asked about URLs I thought you (CraftyCorner) might find this additional information interesting. Jed
• United States
26 Oct 08
As I suspected Mylot's software automatically converts anything with a www. to a hyperlink like this www.inhomecs-springfield.com . Jed
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• United States
28 Oct 08
That is true, Microsoft's software is pretty limited. Although people should know how to cut and paste.
@slanted (89)
25 Oct 08
Proposals are currently underway to allow the opening up for top level domain names, http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-4-26jun08-en.htm
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• United States
28 Oct 08
Thank you for that information.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
25 Oct 08
Hii crafty.... .org refers to an organization or a trust .gov refers to the particular government .net and .com are the same.... we can use for any thing....
• United States
28 Oct 08
I know .com addresses, possibly .net addresses are becoming burdened. But as previous posters noted, they can just split into different endings after they run out, with a new ending.