In the beginning of the internet era, .org domains have been intended for
non-profit organizations. Greenpeace and the Red Cross are typical holders
of .org domain. Meanwhile, there are about 10.5 million
.org domains (as of Februar 2017).
There have never been any verifications concerning the non-commercial character
of the usage of the domains. Very often, .org domains are being used alternatively
if the requested domain name is not avaiable under the .com top level domain.
, the registration of internationalized
domain names (IDNs
) for .org domains is possible.
This allows for the registration of domain names that contain
umlaut characters, such as »müller.org« for example.