Domain Names: Warm Up Exercises and Discussion

Feel free to use any combination of or all exercises as a warm up!

1. There are 21 generic top level domains available. How many can you (as a class) come up with, right off the top of your head? Hint: .com is a popularly used one! (See here for a list of all 21)

2. Here are some examples of top level domains. What kinds of purposes do you think websites that have these domains serve?

  • .aero (Verification necessary–only for those websites related to air-travel)
  • .asia (Open–for individuals, groups, and organizations based in the Asia-Pacific region)
  • .biz (Open–anyone can register a business)
  • .edu (Verification necessary–limited to educational institutions)
  • .info (Open–anyone can register any website)
  • .org (Open–anyone can register; typically used by non-profit organizations)
  • .museum (Verification necessary–must be verified as a legitimate museum)
  • .mil (Closed–can only be used by the US military)

3. One of the big differences is that some are open and some must be verified for registration. Why do you think this is? Which of the above listed do you think would be open and which ones verified?

4. For fun: All websites must end in a top-level domain label–there are two kinds of these labels: country-code domain labels and a group of generic ones (which were listed in the exercise above). Can you guess which countries these country-code domains represent?
  • .us (US)
  • .au (Australia)
  • .aq (Antarctica)
  • .br (Brazil)
  • .ca Canada)
  • .in (India)
  • .de (Germany)
  • .es (Spain)
  • .fr (France)
  • .jp (Japan)
  • .mg (Madagascar)
  • .mx (Mexico)
  • .gh (Ghana)
  • .ru (Russia)
  • .sg (Singapore)
  • .zw (Zimbabwe)
  • .uk (UK)

What'cha thinking?