What does .com mean in a domain?

We always see,

domain.com or domain1.com 

But we never thought, what is the meaning of .com ?

Here is the answer….


.com was introduced as one of the first top-level domains (TLDs) when the Domain Name System was first implemented for use on the Internet in January 1985. Originally created to represent the “commercial” intent of a website, .com has since been at the epicentre of the digital revolution that has reshaped the way people work, live, play and connect with family and friends.

John Postel, the request for comment (RFC) editor in 1994.
Jon Postel in 1994, with hand-drawn map of Internet top-level domains. Photo by Irene Fertik, USC News Service. ©1994, USC.

The first .com was claimed on 15 March 1985 by a computer manufacturer called Symbolics, Inc. Prior to this, the Internet was largely a project driven by universities and computer scientists who used the network for research and communication. As more and more people and institutions began to use the network, electronic communications became increasingly challenging. Figuring out how to manually route messages through gateways was something of an art form and as mail loads increased, people would sometimes be asked to stop using their coWhile we know that the first .com was assigned to symbolics.com on 15 March 1985, the genesis of .com is less clear. According to Craig Partridge, chief scientist at Raytheon BBN Technologies, the name for domains evolved as the system was created. At first, .cor was proposed as the domain for corporations, but when the final version came out it was switched to .com.nnections.

The need for some sort of organising principles became more and more apparent as more entities connected into the fledgling Internet. Bringing order to the increasingly chaotic universe fell to the legendary Jon Postel and his colleagues at the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute.

Postel became the request for comment (RFC) editor in 1969. As RFC editor, Postel and his colleagues personally shaped the Internet as we know it today. In October 1984, RFC 920 “on the requirements of establishing a new domain in the ARPA-Internet and the DARPA research community” was published, setting the stage for the birth of .com.







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