Should I use a .com?

Should I use a .com?

Discussion in 'Web Hosting' started by Michael, May 5, 2017.

  1. Marcos

    Marcos Active Member

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    I am sure it must be frustrating but these times you must try new things or even new spellings if you are wanting a domain but nothing you like is available. I have done this myself so know it is not always easy.

    You may have to increase your budget and go and buy one from a domain marketplace or broker.
     
  2. Michael

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    Yeah it is frustrating because everything that I come up with is already taken. I guess I have to keep looking. :(
     
  3. Marcos

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    Yes that is unfortunately how things are in todays times. All the good domains are already owned so we must be creative or use one of the new kinds.
     
  4. ulterios

    ulterios Well-Known Member

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    Were you mostly looking for something that you can get for the cost of registration only or are you possibly looking to buy a domain above registration cost?

    I ask because I might be able to help you locate something if I knew more about your budget and what you are looking for if you want to buy from a private party.

    I have lots of connections for domains.
     
  5. Michael

    Michael Member

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    I was mainly looking for something for the price of registration but since it's hard to find anything good that is available for that I would be interested in something at a reasonable price.

    I will get some kind of information gathered on what I am looking for and a starting budget and I can message you if that is ok and you can see what you can find with your connections.
     
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    I like to use a .com better because it is known by more people and some people trust them better than some of the new ones they do not know. Some times you have to try hard to find a good one that is available though. You might have to add something to the name like i or e in front of the name to get one with the name or word you want.
     
  7. Ben

    Ben Active Member

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    I used to think that you would always have to have a .com domain but these days I am seeing more top sites using other domains so I think that others can be used. You might lose a little traffic to the .com version of your site but most people just follow links these days so I don't think it will be a huge loss.
     
  8. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Me too. I have seen a lot more of other domains being used in the top search results. I have seen some like .me, .io, .top and others that I never saw there before. That is why I thought something other than a .com might be ok. There are still a lot of good domains available in the other types.
     
  9. Ben

    Ben Active Member

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    You can try one and see what happens if you can't find one that is a .com that you like. Some registrars have some of the new ones real cheap like less than a dollar to register.
     
  10. Michael

    Michael Member

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    I saw that Name Cheap has a lot of them really cheap so I was looking at some of those.
     
  11. Ben

    Ben Active Member

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    Yeah they always have cheap domains. Just make sure if you get one that it fits with what you are using it for.
     
  12. Michael

    Michael Member

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    I saw some that are kind of funny. Like the .dog, .red, .guru and some others. I would only use one that seems right for what the website is going to have on it.
     
  13. Ben

    Ben Active Member

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    Some of the new ones just look way to fake or just plain stupid. I have no idea why some of those were even approved to be used.
     
  14. Michael

    Michael Member

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    Probably just approved so someone can make money from them.
     
  15. Ben

    Ben Active Member

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    I'm sure you are right about that. Some have no logic to be approved or used but if someone can make money by selling registrations then they will approve it it seems. :Chair:
     
  16. Dean

    Dean Well-Known Member

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    That is pretty much what it comes down to. The new domain extensions are approved by ICANN because they get paid nioce size fees for getting the extension approved and ICANN also gets a small fee for each domain that is registered (same with all ICANN extensions).

    As with all businesses it usually comes down to making money so ICANN is no different than any other.

    I believe the fees that ICANN gets for approving an extension and giving a business the rights to the extension is in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. I saw some information on the costs of new extensions last year and that was what I found.
     
  17. Michael

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    If they get approved just by paying the fees then they should have to explain why the extension should be approved and give good reasons. Not just pay the fee and get approved.
     
  18. Soulwatcher

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    If I were you I would go with a .com because whenever someone thinks about a website address, the first thing that comes to mind is .com And I am not saying other TLD's are bad, because there not. But if you tell someone my website is www.yourwebsite.biz. Chances are when they get home they are going to go to www.yourwebsite.com out of habit.
     
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    A .com is brandable. In other words, Bob's Hosting could be known as BobsHosting.com, but BobsHosting.biz would have to be marketed as BobsHosting.biz. Otherwise, people would become confused. Nonetheless, some sites - like Forum Promotion, market themselves like a .com, though, they don't use a .com. For instance, Forum Promotion is ForumPromotion.net.
     
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    Fir search engines it does not mstter whether the domain is dot com or dot xyz, search engines treat websites equally when it comes to extension. What is more important for search engines is the content in your website. However, people trust dot come more than dot xyz. People are stereotypes and they will always go after what has been already established.