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.
Choosing a domain name is like choosing a name for your business. It requires a lot of time and careful planning to find the right one. Like your company name, your domain name is your identity online – it represents your brand and it’ll be how customers recognize you on the web.
The .CA has a long history – from its humble beginnings to over 2.4 million domain names – and it is undoubtedly one of Canada’s most recognizable symbols. It’s importance for Canadians is undeniable and to make it even more accessible to all Canadians, .CA domain names are on sale for only $9.99 at Webnames.ca.
It’s been over two years since the first batch of new gTLD (generic Top Level Domain) extensions launched. With 877 new domains launched, it was only during 2015 when businesses, organizations and individuals began to actively use them online.
One of the great things about the new domains is the variety now available to businesses online. For every industry, profession, interest and community, there’s a good chance that an extension is available for it.
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.