An Alternative to the .COM Domain?

Written by Clare Lawrence

An Alternative torepparttar .COM Domain?

By Clare Lawrence CEO Discount Domains Ltd, March 2003

Small countries such as Tonga, Turkmenistan and Niue are offering an alternative to customers that have been squeezed out ofrepparttar 108257 Internet as .com domain names have been registered.

It is sometimesrepparttar 108258 unhappy task of a Domain registrar company, such as Discount Domains to tell clients that their preferred names inrepparttar 108259 .com domain are already registered or must be purchased from a cyber-squatter for a large amount of money.

Withrepparttar 108260 anticipated opening of new domains, such as .eu,repparttar 108261 solution is often a longer, harder to remember name and less search engine friendly domain name.

The above countries allow users to register in their domain space. Web hosting companies can suggest that their clients register their sites inrepparttar 108262 .to (Tonga), .tm (Turkmenistan) or .nu (Niue) domains, enabling them to getrepparttar 108263 shorter, catchier name that was taken inrepparttar 108264 .com domain.

The obvious drawback is many companies preferrepparttar 108265 more familiar .com designation.

All-time record of domain registrations

Written by Hans Peter Oswald

The number of registered domains has reached an all-time high of more than 60 million domain names worldwide.

Figures show that country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) arerepparttar fastest growing market, while general demand for new domains remains strong. The most popular domains are stillrepparttar 108256 com-domains. The growth of com-domains is tremendous. Experts think, thatrepparttar 108257 growing sale of com-domains reveal a revival ofrepparttar 108258 "New Economy". Some experts even argue, that this growth of domain names is an early indicator of persisting economic growth inrepparttar 108259 USA andrepparttar 108260 whole world.

The com-domains remainrepparttar 108261 most popular domain with about a 45 percent market share.

New generic Top Level Domains outside of .com, .net and .org, become increasingly popular, including aero-domains, biz-domains, coop-domains, info-domains, museum-domains, .name-domains and pro-domains.

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