Is an *.org Domain Right For a Person or a Business?


You’d usually get a dot-com domain. Is there any point to any other? Yes.

You might be doing work that people think of as being nonprofit or personal. Many businesses do some not-for-profit endeavors, perhaps giving money, products, or services to the deserving. That work might be the first thing that some people discover about you. And, since some people are familiar with *.org domains that nonprofits get, they might type your name into a browser and add .org to the end.

Many people type a company’s name and .com into a browser, because they’re sure they’ll find the company that way. They don’t even Google it. The company’s either there or it’s nowhere, as far as they’re concerned.

Likewise, people who don’t understand the Internet well but who know of *.org may just type your name followed by .org. You likely want them to see your website, too.

And you wouldn’t care for the dark side, which is that someone else buys the .org version of your name in hopes that they’ll make a killing selling the domain to you when you realize that you’re missing out on some of the traffic. They usually won’t link from their domain over to yours, even though that might seem to be the courteous thing to do. If the .com name you got is new, like you’re just getting it now, maybe the *.org version is also available at the regular low price. I generally pay well under $12 for one .org domain name for a year and you probably can find a lower price.

Get Both

Get both the *.com and the *.org versions of your name.

(These are generic top-level domains (gTLDs). There are more gTLDs, but these are enough for our purposes.)

You can set the *.org name to be an alias of your *.com website. The procedures vary between hosting services, and some hosts might limit how many aliases you can have pointing to one site without paying more, but, technically, it’s usually possible.

Then you don’t have to maintain two websites. One site is enough.

Later, you can spin out a separate website, if you want to talk about separate things. An example is google.org. If you build two websites, you can cross-link between them, so a visitor can find both sides of your split personality.