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How to Get the Best Deals on Domains

By MicaR | Webmaster Talks | 12 Dec 2023

Domain Buying Tips for Newbies

If you have never bought a domain and are thinking about buying a domain, here are few tips that might help you.

The first dilemma is related to the domain extension. What domain extension should you actually buy?  Website does not rank for the top level domain (domain extension), it ranks for the second level domain (your main domain name). It does not matter whether you use dot com or dot xyz, what matters the word you are using before the extension.

The domain you are registering should reflect your niche. If you plan to build a website on keto diet, make sure the domain has “Keto diet” in the name.

Domains are not equally created some domains cost more than then the others. Sometimes you get a domain  for a bargain price but you need to check how much would be the renewal price.

Last but not the least, you can register a domain for one year term but make sure to renew it before it expires.

What is the Best Alternative for Dot Com Domains

Until March 2023, 628.5 millions domains have been registered and 53.3 percent are dot com, making it the most used domain extensions. By the end of 2022, 1600 domain extensions were registered on Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). Therefore, dot com holding more than 50 percent of the market share is a significant indicator why dot com is most preferred domain.

There are a couple of reasons why you also need a dot com domain, if you decide to launch your website (any kind of website including, blog, forums, online stores, business websites, portfolio websites, etc.)

Dot com being one the oldest domain extension, people trust dot com more than any other domain extensions.

Dot com can be used for any kind of websites

Dot come is accepted by browsers as a default domain. You don’t even have to type .com to visit a website using .com extension.

Interestingly, when you go to register your dot com you will have it is extremely rate to find a proper domain. In that case you will either have to compromise with the domain name or use a different domain extension. If you want to use different domain extension, what is the best alternative for dot com domains?

Using Domain Extensions Other Than Dot Com

Dot com alone is not the oldest domain extension. In 1984, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority released other 5 domain extensions along with dot come, viz. .edu, .gov, .mil, .org and .net. You cannot register dot gov and dot mil as these are reserved only for governments and military. You also cannot register dot edu as this is reserved only for educational website. Dot org was originally meant for non-profit organizations but these days dot org are being used for all sorts of websites. Dot net is the last option left on the original 6 domains released by IANA.

After the first 6 domain extensions were released, IANA also released two country domains dot uk and dot us. These are also good domain extension that you can use if you want to target visitors in the United Kingdom and the United States.

In 1988, dot int was released by IANA, and this extension is mainly for international organizations.

Is Dot Net The Best Alternative for Dot Com?

Dot net is one of the six domains released by IANA. However, after dot com, the most registered domain extension is dot ca, which is a country domain for Canada, followed by org as the third most used domain and dot ru as the fourth most used domain. While org is for organization and dot ru is for Russia, you can choose the dot net which ranks 5th in the list. This brings us to the conclusion that the best alternative to the dot com domain extension is dot net.

While you can use any domain extension you want as domain extension does not affect your website SEO, using a proper domain extension still matters for branding and building trust.  Currently, you can see some trending domain extensions like dot io, dot gg, etc. However, you should know that these domains are pricey. You can get dot net under $12.

Some parts of this articles were published on YTrendri and Forum Coin

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