The Numbers Game: Just How Dominant Are .COM Domains?

We all know that .COM domains are the most prevalent, but ever wonder how other TLDs (top-level domains) stack up against them, numbers-wise? Well, according to Whois, as of 10/28/13 there were 111,352,755 .COM domains compared to 15,207,765 .NET domains—or over seven times as many .COM as .NET domains. When it comes to .ORG domains, the number’s even lower: 10,394,319 domains. And the total number of domains for .INFO, .BIZ and .US extensions combined was less than 11,000,000. Bottom line: as a TLD, .COM continues to reign supreme—by a huge... Read The Rest →

Domain Name Hall of Shame: 15 Domain Name Bloopers

Because domain names don’t have spacing between words or capitalization to cue readers in, it’s extremely important when picking a domain name to consider all possible ways your domain name might be read by someone not familiar with your business. Here are some domain names whose owners clearly didn’t think it through, with unintentionally hilarious or off-putting results: penisland.net: A site for a pen company. (“We Specialize in Wood.”) itscrap.com: Site for disposal of IT assets. (“Where IT is going.”) lesbocages.com: An arborist business (“Les Bocages” is French for “the... Read The Rest →

The First New TLDs Are Launching!

It’s official. The first four TLDs to go live since ICANN flung the door wide open to new TLD applicants in 2011 were just announced, and they’re…well, probably not what you’d expect. The four TLDs are: شبكة (Arabic for “web” or “network”) онлайн (Cyrillic for “online”) сайт (Cyrillic for “site”) 游戏 (Chinese for “game(s)”) In fact, these lucky four are actually IDN (Internationalized Domain Names) TLDs. And Arabic, Cyrillic and Chinese are just some of the non-Latin scripts (including Greek and Hindi) that will be accommodated in this new wave of... Read The Rest →

You really do need the dot com domain name

When someone falls in love with a name, and finds out that the .com isn’t available, inevitably the question arises: Do I really need the .com domain name? Can I get away with a .biz or .net or other address? Acquiring a .com domain can be very expensive, of course, so another alternative would save not only the money but the hassle of negotiating a sale. Unfortunately, the .com matters. It matters a lot. If the .com isn’t available, or if it’s only available at a price above your budget,... Read The Rest →

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