Your friend recommends a website to you and you search and log on to the site. You come across scores of websites, but you hardly pay attention to what is at the end of the site’s name. By the end, I mean the three letter acronym that is placed after a dot after the name of the site. For example, you know and even discuss with your friends how informative and valuable the site called Wikipedia is, but you are surprised when you see the three letter acronym at the end of the name of site. It is Wikipedia.org, and not dot com, which is what many expect to be at the end of every site. There are classifications to describe the real nature of websites among which dot com is the most famous. This three letter acronym at the end of the website address is the domain suffix. The suffix ‘.com’ refers to the fact that it is a commercial website. What then does the acronym dot co.in mean? Let us take a closer look.
Initially, the three letter acronym placed after the dot were supposed to carry information about the site as to whether the site was meant for business (.com), non profit or charity (.org), or a technology based site (.net). With the passage of time, there was an explosion in terms of numbers of sites and it became difficult to keep track on the real nature of a website. This system of classification slowly became blurred, and today the situation is that these suffixes can be used for any purpose. This is why today there is a system to have a general, international commercial website denoted by .com. In addition, to differentiate between similar websites coming from different countries, there is a system to add two letter acronym for a country after .com to specify the country of origin of a website. So if, you are in India and see a website with .co.in suffix at the end of the name of the site, you are sure that it is an Indian site.
So while, .in can be used by any company or individual, if you see .co.in, it simply means that it is an Indian company. In this manner, you can also see .net.in, .org.in and so on. Thus, there is virtually no difference between sites, it is a system of classifying a site according to its country of origin. Thus, you get to see .au for Australian sites and .us for sites from US.
Difference Between .com and .in
• There is virtually no difference between ‘dot com’ and ‘dot in.’ If anything, dot com specifies that it is an international commercial site.
• On the other hand, .in specifies that the site is Indian just like the .au and .us that specify that the sites belong to Australia and US respectively.
• Thus, you have Google.com and Google.co.in without having any differences in content and features.