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Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

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Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

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Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by x1y2 on Sun 25 Sep 2016, 5:14 am

nTLDs have overrun .tel.

The question is which of them has the best outlook because of its usefulness.

In this poll, I have listed the 10 nTLDs with a meaning that could be used best for general purposes.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Ann Mike Matthews on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 6:02 am

i like .top
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Artaban on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 9:18 am

I like .gdn that means global domain name.

In the list I voted for .online.


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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Expert on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 6:30 pm

Ann Mike Matthews wrote:i like .top

Also nice, but it has no affinity to the internet (like .online or .web)
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Expert on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 6:32 pm

Artaban wrote:I like .gdn that means global domain name.

Not many people will know what this abbreviation stands for.
You have to educate the people first what it means.
That makes the distribution to the public difficult.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by as on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 6:58 pm

Expert wrote:Also nice, but it has no affinity to the internet (like .online or .web)

I can think only of four extensions that has a very clear relation to the internet:

  • .net (old, established TLD)
  • .online
  • .web
  • .website (low expectations, because .web is the better alternative)

This three have a relation to the internet as well, but it's not as obvious as for the four above:

  • .click
  • .cloud
  • .link

I also like the following extensions, but only for specific usage:

  • .club
  • .sex
  • .shop
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by FrankW. on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 7:08 pm

as wrote:I can think only of four extensions that has a very clear relation to the internet:

  • .net (old, established TLD)
  • .online
  • .web
  • .website (low expectations because .web is the better alternative)

I like .online even more than .net and .com.

Of course, .net and .com are much older, but .online makes much more sense on the internet.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Expert on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 7:11 pm

I like .expert.
It was created especially for me.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Expert on Mon 26 Sep 2016, 7:16 pm

Meaning of .online:

- connected to a network
- available over the Internet
- connected to the Internet
- available on a computer system

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/online#Translations
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Artaban on Tue 27 Sep 2016, 7:33 am

This one is also good for specific usage:

.store


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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Tim Spears on Sat 01 Oct 2016, 7:59 am

With respect to a potential widely spread use, .online is obviously the only outstanding domain extension. It's much better than .web, .net and even .com.

It will be tough to get the same distribution that .com currently has.
But if .online and .com would have been released around the same time in the eighties of the last century, .com would have no chance against .online.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by DirectoryDan on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 6:11 am

Think I'd have to vote for .email and .blog (being released 11/21/16).  Both have widespread application and both convey exactly what their purpose is.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by Expert on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 7:28 am

@DirectoryDan

Agreed!
All domain endings with a meaning to the related business will have a great future.
.email is interesting for all people who want to have a professional e-mail address without the need of a website.
Without any doubt, .blog is the perfect extension for all blogs.
A few more extensions are a good fit for several businesses, but a lot of extensions have very limited usage.
E.g., I don't expect a lot of registrations overall for .makeup, because I don't know millions of make-up artists.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by MWX on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 7:56 am

Artaban wrote:I like .gdn that means global domain name.

.gdn has a very bad "Badness Index":

https://www.spamhaus.org/statistics/tlds/
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by MWX on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 7:57 am

Expert wrote:.email is interesting for all people who want to have a professional e-mail address without the need of a website.

That reminds me of the slogan from the early .tel days.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by DirectoryDan on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 10:37 am

MWX wrote:
Expert wrote:.email is interesting for all people who want to have a professional e-mail address without the need of a website.

That reminds me of the slogan from the early .tel days.

That's right!  Kind of scary!  Well, at least if you want to add a website you don't have to do all kinds of crazy work-arounds.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by MWX on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 11:21 am

DirectoryDan wrote:That's right!  Kind of scary!  Well, at least if you want to add a website you don't have to do all kinds of crazy work-arounds.

Indeed; Telnic has made it very complicated (to not to say impossible) to create a website with .tel.
Easy solutions are available for all other domains from the domain providers.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by x1y2 on Sun 20 Nov 2016, 11:30 am

MWX wrote:.gdn has a very bad "Badness Index":

https://www.spamhaus.org/statistics/tlds/

All nTLDs that are available for a cheap registration fee have a terrible badness index, including .science, .stream, .top, .link and .click.
The low fees are attractive for spammers.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by as on Tue 22 Nov 2016, 8:35 pm

Expert wrote:.email is interesting for all people who want to have a professional e-mail address without the need of a website.
Without any doubt, .blog is the perfect extension for all blogs.

I don't share your optimism.
For the same purpose, you can use more generic domain extensions the same way (.com, .net, .online, .web).

If I want to use a descriptive domain name, I would pay attention to have two words that fit to each other, such as real.estate or cars.forsale.

.email and .blog are not generic enough for a widespread use, but at the same time not specific enough to describe an individual usage.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by DirectoryDan on Wed 23 Nov 2016, 8:17 am

as wrote:
Expert wrote:.email is interesting for all people who want to have a professional e-mail address without the need of a website.
Without any doubt, .blog is the perfect extension for all blogs.

I don't share your optimism.
For the same purpose, you can use more generic domain extensions the same way (.com, .net, .online, .web).

If I want to use a descriptive domain name, I would pay attention to have two words that fit to each other, such as real.estate or cars.forsale.

.email and .blog are not generic enough for a widespread use, but at the same time not specific enough to describe an individual usage.

Think out of the box a little.  Certain .email domain names have quite a potential if you sell personalized email addresses off of them.  Take for example 2020.email for eye care professionals and year 2020 enthusiasts, MarthasVineyard.email for visitors or small businesses on Martha's Vineyard, or Bears.email for showing your team spirit.  None of these domain names is available in any of the more "generic" TLDs but .email fits perfectly.

.blog is a little less adaptable to multi-user applications however domains like cooking.blog, sewing.blog, and crafts.blog have tremendous potential, I believe.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by as on Wed 23 Nov 2016, 9:49 am

DirectoryDan wrote:Certain .email domain names have quite a potential if you sell personalized email addresses off of them.  Take for example 2020.email for eye care professionals and year 2020 enthusiasts, MarthasVineyard.email for visitors or small businesses on Martha's Vineyard, or Bears.email for showing your team spirit.  None of these domain names is available in any of the more "generic" TLDs but .email fits perfectly.

You could be right, but I doubt that many businesses would like to limit the use of their domains only to e-mail addresses.

DirectoryDan wrote:.blog is a little less adaptable to multi-user applications however domains like cooking.blog, sewing.blog, and crafts.blog have tremendous potential, I believe.

Yes, if you are able to register a high-class domain keyword for .blog, it will be valuable. But if you can't catch those premium domains, I would rather think about other alternatives than .blog.
Remember, registrants have the choice out of more than thousands of domain endings. If the domain ending isn't outstanding, it won't become successful easily.

And since the renewal fee for cooking.blog is more than US$ 10,000 yearly, I doubt that this domain will be registered sometime soon.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by 4444 on Fri 02 Dec 2016, 9:55 am

Only .online and .web have great potential.

In addition, very few TLD with purpose can and will be used for representing the website owner's business: .date, .sex, .shop, .tech and a handful more.

Geographic TLD are nice, too (.berlin, .london, .nyc, .tokyo).

On the opposite, most TLD are needless including .click, .link, .top, .vip, .win, .xyz and so forth.
(.xyz will collapse as soon the current free and one cent registrations will expire.)

One word about .tel: in this landscape of domain names, .tel won't have the slightest relevance.
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by FrankW. on Fri 02 Dec 2016, 11:58 am

In addition, brand top-level domains will be important: http://www.teltalk.org/t4415-famous-companies-using-ntlds
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by let on Sun 18 Dec 2016, 12:08 pm

I see two outstanding TLD: .online and .shop
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Re: Which nTLD is the most appropriate generic extension?

Post by di7 on Fri 23 Dec 2016, 3:06 pm

let wrote:I see two outstanding TLD: .online and .shop

In addition, .sex could become great as well.

But that is currently only an insider tip.

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