It was back in 1985 when .net domains came into existence. The internet at the time had been using complex strings of numbers to designate website addresses and .net, along with the six other original domain extensions (.com, .org, .int, .edu, .gov and .mil), aimed to create an easier experience. Originally, dot net was supposed to be for folks involved with network technologies — like ISPs and data centers — but it’s wide open to anyone who wants to register it.
Today, it’s the fifth most-popular domain extension out there — but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to get a .net domain name you love. That’s because it strikes the right balance between popularity and availability. Everyone immediately recognizes the .net domain extension, but there are still enough left that you have a good chance of making your perfect domain a .net