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Registering Non Dot Com Domain Names

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When setting up your next blog, forget the old school .com, and follow the new path opened by del.icio.us : the top level domain is also something to play with, and not just a meaningless extension suffixing a word. With 249 top level domains, from .ac to .zw, here are a fun guide and suggestions for a new kind of domain registration ! Non Dot Com Cool Domain Names.

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  1. Denis de Bernardy (7 comments.) says:

    Actually, the path was opened long ago by spammers. And usability wise, it is an extremely poor choice. I would bet many users cannot spell del.icio.us correctly.

  2. Michael K Pate (2 comments.) says:

    I registered dulo.us recently just to host my personal blog. And you can find some interesting one on this list.

  3. echa (2 comments.) says:

    I agree with Denis de Bernardy. I still have difficulty with that domain, still have mistake to spell del.icio.us

  4. Mathias Bynens (5 comments.) says:

    Just remember del and us, I’m sure the rest will follow.

  5. Ozh (88 comments.) says:

    Except that many people find websites they know using Google or any search engine. My wife, for example, always goes to Google and search for “thatcompany” when she wants to surf on “thatcompany dot something”.

    Search Google for “delicious”, what do you think comes first ? del.icio.us proves imho that you don’t need a dot com to have a website and a “brand” that work.

  6. Denis de Bernardy (7 comments.) says:

    @Ozh: True. But I see just as many users use the default search engine, which happens to be MSN on IE. Or Yahoo, when they are new to internet. Also, I find many trying to type company names in the address bar, which makes them conduct an MSN search. Note that Delicious isn’t even on page one on MSN or Yahoo… Makes sense, too; both engines are times more relevant than Google.

    Anyway, the point is not whether .com is better than .us or .tv. It is that using word puns as domains, such as del.icio.us, is a recipee for disaster. Doing so makes you insert dots in a name at places that are everything but relevant. It is times easier for a user to memorize suckyname.ru than it is to memorize suckyna.me.

    Also, notice that delicio.us is cybersquatted. And I’m quite amazed that the other variations are not squatted as well. I’ll take the bet that each gets a significant amount of traffic from lost users.

  7. Kyle (2 comments.) says:

    I’m still waiting for .blog

  8. csv (1 comments.) says:

    I think I’ll stick with my .com’s.



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