Geek Thursday: Top Level Domains

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Currently there are a growing number of TLDs available for us to choose from (.com, .net, .org, .me, .info and many more), however I would like to see more. I do believe that in the future we will have a bigger variety and may even be able to register the TLDs ourselves instead of domains for them, which would be a very exciting prospect (dibs on .kya ๐Ÿ˜€ ). There are a number of TLDs that I would like to see available, some of these include; .fan, .love, .cute (:D), .geek(*), .web(*) and .blog.

I believe that the registration of domains themselves should be cheaper. Over time the price of domains has been reduced (I paid $80 for my first domain, it was my fault for going with a dud register and I did not know as much as I do now) and while the price varies from register to register some have been increasing their prices lately which I find quite frustrating. For a domain, a name that is only ours for a year (or more) the price in my opinion should not be $7 – $10 it should be 50c – $1. This probably seems like a rather dramatic difference (in some ways) and would mean more people would have domains and less names would be available. Really though things should change and I am sure they will. On the other hand I do understand the domain registers are running a business and they have to keep afloat with the fees from the domain gods (ICANN).

For years I have registered domains with Namecheap.com (since 2005) but lately I have been considering finding another register, one that would give me more options (because of the amount of names I register). Godaddy.com seems like a likely option because they do have cheaper prices and also an option to join a program where you pay a yearly fee and receive reduced domain registration prices which is really appealing to me. I’ll take some time to really think it through.

What TLDs would you like to see available?
Are you happy with the current prices of domain names?
What do you think is a fair price for domain registrations?
Where do you register your domains?

10 Responses

  1. I wouldn’t mind seeing a couple more TLD’s in the future but I am happy woth the current ones available now. The coolest one I remember reading up on Wikipedia was .aero ๐Ÿ˜€

    I dislike the idea of domains going up in price at the moment, not that there was anything to complain about the ones being 100 bucks a long time ago, but yeah I find myself trying to find new registrars which offer reasonable prices.

    So, I used to register my domains at Namecheap, but then I moved to Dynadot because they were cheap but since they started out. The domains have gone from $7-$9+, which is okay if you have one domain but then you have *gulp*, a “few”, it can be quite costly.

    I am still looking for a reasonably cheap place to transfer them to.

    A few months ago I read that name.com (I think) or moniker.com is a good place to go to ๐Ÿ™‚
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  2. I think .blog (and maybe .nerd to go with .geek?) would be neat-o! ๐Ÿ˜€ Especially us bloggers, of course.

    I think .TLDs could be cheaper, and it does pain me that the prices are going up, but it’s not so much of a difference – e.g. going from 9$ to 11$, that would be ridiculous – that we can’t pay for it. I’m crossing my fingers it won’t raise again, and better yet, it might lower.

    I use Namecheap for some of my domains – a good bit of Mayumi’s, my .me name and malfoy.nu, of course 8D – but my main registrar is GoDaddy.

  3. I do love the idea of having more TLDs. They would take some time getting used to since I am so used to the ones available now.

    I wasn’t comfortable with going with NameCheap for my first domain, because I had not heard much about them. I went with an Australian registrar which was very cheap. I haven’t heard much good news about GoDaddy though; most of it seems to be bad news. With the amount of domains you have, it would definitely need a lot of thinking if you wanted to transfer the domains! It’s a shame that domain prices are now increasing, but it doesn’t bother me too much. I think it’s a reasonable price for a year, and I guess it stops people from buying domains for no reason and leaving them to rot.

    On that note though, I wish domains wouldn’t get squatted or anything like that. It’s annoying when a domain expires and someone might want the name but it’s just hogged by some company. ๐Ÿ˜

    What TLDs would you like to see available?
    .love would be a beautiful one, and I’d like .geek too!

    Are you happy with the current prices of domain names?
    Yep. ๐Ÿ™‚

    What do you think is a fair price for domain registrations?
    I think they’re alright now, $10 for all extensions is fine with me – I know I would love .nus to be cheaper. :3

    Where do you register your domains?
    NameCheap.com. ๐Ÿ˜€
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  4. HEY ๐Ÿ™‚
    What TLDs would you like to see available?
    – i like the idea of your .geek. ^_^ definitely something they should look into. if i could customise, i would choose something like .all, becasue then i could make my website howdy.dude or wasgood.dude or etc.

    Are you happy with the current prices of domain names?
    – i have a free domain. but some domains are really cheap like if you register with one.com

    What do you think is a fair price for domain registrations?
    – it think $5 is fair, that way it prevents the under-age (13 years and below) from making websites and stuff.

    Where do you register your domains?
    – co.cc. completely free! they let you have 5 free domains before, not you have to donate a small amount for more than one.
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  5. I like those extensions you mentioned. ๐Ÿ˜€ Especially the .blog and .cute ones. I would also love to see registration and renewal prices go father down than they currently are, like $5 renewals and $3 registering. I mostly use Name.com and GoDaddy.com, but there are other registrars I use: NameCheap.com, Domains.Optinom.com, Dynadot.com, Securesignup.net. Name.com has a good domain pricing.

    – Luana S.
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