Dot-Com Will Always be King!

Written by Wayne Ford

Look out! The new domains are coming! “Dot-biz is going to berepparttar next coming of dot-com,” I recently read in an article inrepparttar 108313 Denver Post. The buzz has begun. Seven new top-level domains have been approved by ICANN,repparttar 108314 organization that governs domains, and could be available as early as spring of this year. The new domains approved are .biz, .info, .aero, .coop, .musuem, .pro, and .name. Pre-registration sites like,, already have begun taking applications claiming “3 million domain names will be registered inrepparttar 108315 first five minutes.” That same Denver Post article later says ‘If predictions from analysts hold true – that dot-biz will rivalrepparttar 108316 popularity of dot-com – startups will no longer have to settle for second-tier domain names.’ Hogwash! – To put it gently. Dot-com will always berepparttar 108317 supreme ruler of all domain names. Here’s why:

Word Association. Ask anyonerepparttar 108318 first three words that come to mind when you say ‘Internet’ and one will almost always be ‘dot-com’ along with ‘web’ or ‘surfing.’ Dot-com is forever chiseled into our brain directly associated withrepparttar 108319 Internet.

‘Old habits die hard.’ The new domains will confuserepparttar 108320 average everyday web surfer. With so many suffixes it will be harder to findrepparttar 108321 information they are looking for. Out of frustration they will, most likely, resort torepparttar 108322 old standby, dot-com.

Marketing. Big businesses like IBM and Microsoft have already spent billions promoting their dot-coms’ in print, and media advertising. Is Microsoft going to switch to promoting instead of This is highly unlikely.

Brand Protection. The same people who ownrepparttar 108323 corresponding dot-com will most likely buy up most ofrepparttar 108324 dot-biz (said to be restricted to business only) and dot-info (open to anyone) to protect their valuable brand. Someone with is not going to want someone else to own and The real winners here arerepparttar 108325 lawyers, who should be kept busy for years with trademark infringement suits.

Transferring Domains

Written by Richard Lowe

Are you gettingrepparttar service that you require from your domain registrar? Actually, thinking about it for a minute, it might be a better question to ask, do you even know what services are available? Are you aware that you can shop around and get better prices, more features and far better customer service?

Guess what? All domain registrars are notrepparttar 108312 same.

Okay, let's back up a minute. Way back whenrepparttar 108313 internet was young (maybe 5 years ago) all domain names were handled by Network Solutions, Inc. In those dark, evil days you had no choice. It didn't matter what you thought ofrepparttar 108314 process, it was unimportant that you were not getting service andrepparttar 108315 price, well, was a standard high fee.

A few years agorepparttar 108316 government decided that Network Solutions would no longer be a monopoly. The government wanted to do this to deregulaterepparttar 108317 industry and encourage competition, and also perhaps to spur a little bit of growth into this thing calledrepparttar 108318 internet.

Okay, so now you do have a choice. In fact, there are well over a hundred different domain registrars at last count. They seem to be springing up all overrepparttar 108319 place, andrepparttar 108320 level of support and service, as well asrepparttar 108321 price, seems to vary greatly.

You may not know it, but you can change domain registrars at any time. It's actually not very complicated at all.

Here are some ofrepparttar 108322 questions that you may have regarding domain transfers.

How much does it cost?

It depends uponrepparttar 108323 domain registrar. I have found that many will transfer your domain for no cost to get your business. Others will charge a few dollars ($5 to $20 or more), but will droprepparttar 108324 fee if you extend your domain for a couple of years. Shop around and find a good deal.

What arerepparttar 108325 advantages of transferring?

You may not likerepparttar 108326 domain registrar you are currently using - perhaps they have poor support or cost too much. You can shop around and findrepparttar 108327 best solution for your needs.

Remember, though, that if you are like most people, domain registration is something you will not do very often, so perhaps customer support is not all that important.

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