Archives For .COM

A recent post in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlighted the fact that some universities here in the U.S. have opted to use .COM domain names in addition to their .EDU domains. Typically, universities use their .EDU domains for their main sites – think Yale.edu, Georgetown.edu, Virginia.edu, etc. – because .EDU is reserved for legitimately accredited institutions of higher education in the U.S. Having a .EDU address automatically conveys legitimacy to web users, including current and potential new students. Continue Reading…

While ICANN’s New gTLD Program is likely to be the largest expansion of the top-level domain name space to date, it is certainly not the first. Before ICANN was created, the Internet had eight gTLDs, including .COM, .NET and .ORG. Between 2000 and 2004, ICANN approved a total of 14 new gTLDs in two separate batches. These include .BIZ, .MOBI, .TRAVEL and others. Many regard these gTLDs as unsuccessful because of their low amounts of second-level domain registrations (.MOBI has a little over 1 million registrations, as compared to .COM, which has over 80 million), but also because of their low rates of adoption by Internet users. This has led many people to believe that new gTLDs will only succeed if they are widely adopted and Internet users begin typing them into their browsers. Continue Reading…