What’s the difference between a .CA and a .COM? They’re both the same right? It’s a little more complicated than that. In fact, your domain name is one of the most important aspects of your business and it’s the first thing that customers see when they visit your site.
This year, we’re celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the .CA hand-off from the University of British Columbia to the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA). From 1987 to 2000, Webnames.ca co-founder John Demco managed the .CA domain from his small office in the University of British Columbia. He and a small group of volunteers processed every single .CA domain registration manually. When it was clear that the .CA had become an integral part of Canadian identity online and demand for it had grown, he knew it was time to transition management of the .CA to a dedicated organization.
Hundreds of new domain extensions are now available and as a business, what do you need to know? How can these new domains impact your online presence?
Before diving in, a new domain extension or a TLD is the string of letters to the right of the dot. We’re most familiar with the .ca, .com, .net, .info and .org.
Google just announced how it will handle new domain extensions like .club, .lawyer, .accountant and .news on search engines. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that they’ll be ranked exactly the same way as any .com, .net, .info or .org domain name.
.NEWS is launching next week and it’s one of the domains we’re all anticipating to be a big success. It’s going live on July 15, 2015 but if you’re anxious to grab one early, EAP starts on July 8, 2015. When the .NEWS domain extension launches, we think it is going to be one of the most successful domains because everyone can use it. From bloggers and journalists to news and media corporations, .NEWS lets anyone create a domain name.
Over the past year and a half, over 450 new domain extensions such as .consulting, .social, .tech and even .ninja have launched but none have created as much controversy and concern as the Vox Populi owned .SUCKS domain.
In 2014, former US senator Jay Rockefeller told the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) that is shouldn’t approve .sucks. The former senator called .sucks “little more than a predatory shakedown scheme” to force corporations, small businesses and individuals to pay an annual fee to prevent others from registering the .sucks variation of their domain name.
Ninjas are awesome. Whether it’s through code, marketing, social media, growth hacking or technology, ninjas are great. If we were to guess, they’re still awesome at what they do, even while they sleep.
If you’re in the legal industry, you know how important branding is. Whether you run an individual practice or work for a firm, branding plays a key role in building and developing relationships with clients. It signifies who you are, your service and the quality of service you offer. It’s your standard.
We’re having another .CA domain name sale this month. When you use promo code CA1250 at the shopping cart, .CA domain names are only CAD $12.50!
Show your visitors you’re Canadian with a new .CA domain name!
In November of 2013, new gTLDs (generic top level domain extensions) became available to everyone to register. The first English new extensions were .SINGLES, .HOLDINGS, .GURU, .CLOTHING, .VENTURES, .BIKE and .PLUMBING. These new gTLD domain extensions were released in Sunrise Phase on November 26, 2013 for trademark holders to register before being publicly available on January 27, 2014. Over the past year and two months, about 400 new extensions have been released. By the end of 2016, there are going to be around 1000 new gTLD domain extensions.
We’ve been talking about the new domains for over a year now, and today, we’re excited to announce that we’re combining two of our passions together. Starting today, .CLUB domain names are included in all our Canadian web hosting plans! Yep, they’re FREE.
There are hundreds of new domains available right now, so it can be a little confusing choosing the right one for your business. If you conduct business or live in the province of Quebec, the new .QUEBEC domain is now available for immediate registration!
At some point in time, we’ve all been part of a club or an organization. Whether it was for recreational purposes or for networking and professional development, clubs have been around for a long time. If you’ve got an idea for your group, association or business, bring it to life with a .CLUB domain name and start promoting your idea online!
Are you a legal practitioner? If so, then today marks a great day for you online. Two new domains just launched – the new .ATTORNEY and .LAWYER domain extensions – and offer opportunities for your personal brand online!
We’re kicking this month off with a new promotion. Throughout October, register a .GLOBAL domain for 1 year and receive a 2nd year for FREE when using promo code GLOBAL.
To take advantage of this great offer, simply search for a .GLOBAL domain name of your choice, and at the shopping cart, use “GLOBAL” to register a 2-year .GLOBAL domain name for only USD $70.99!