.com .co.uk .org ?

Hi - I have a friend who runs a small business and would like a site, he has asked me to organise it and wonders what the difference is between: .com .co.uk and .org (he quite likes the idea of being .org) can you please give me some advice to give to him.


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Sometime around 11/9/08 (at 08:03 -0400) Roger Burton said:

Hi - I have a friend who runs a small business and would like a
site, he has asked me to organise it and wonders what the difference
is between: .com .co.uk and .org

The concept of the .org ‘generic TLD’
(Top-level domain - Wikipedia) is that it was for ‘organisations’
that didn’t classify as commercial (.com), networks (.net), education
establishments (.edu) or any other of the gTLDs. See
Generic top-level domain - Wikipedia for a lengthy
list.

The .org gTLD is no longer restricted and can legitimately be used by
commoercial organisations if they like, but there is still a slight
feeling in some (many?) people that .org implies a slightly different
kind of entity than .com does.

Personally, for a business I would recommend either .com or .co.uk,
with the preference there depending on how global its reach is. I
chose .com for my latest domain, http://www.panoramaphotographer.com,
because I’m keen to reach as internationally as possible. That’s
going to remain largely as a portfolio site with no regional bias, so
there was very little reason for me to go for the .co.uk suffix. (I
selected .co.uk for the http://www.panoramapostcards.co.uk site
because .com wasn’t available.)

Finally, the choice may well come down to what is actually available.
Make sure the name makes sense, and is easy to read, write, and say
on the phone (try it!). And stop and think before grabbing a name
just because it seems cool and happens to be available.

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On 11 Sep 2008, at 13:03, Roger Burton wrote:

what the difference is between: .com .co.uk and .org (he quite
likes the idea of being .org) can you please give me some advice to
give to him.

The biggest difference will be pricing.

A .com will be significantly more expensive than a .co.uk. A .org is
also likely to be fairly pricey, though if you have a .org.uk the
price may drop.

You can check out prices for these things at places like <http://ineedwebhosting.co.uk

, http://www.have-host.com, http://www.globalgold.co.uk and many
others.

Hope that helps.

Heather


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Sometime around 11/9/08 (at 13:49 +0100) Heather Kavanagh said:

A .com will be significantly more expensive than a .co.uk.

True. Although ‘expensive’ is a relative term.
:slight_smile: At UKReg.com it costs around £9 per year for
a .com or .org vs around £3 per year (two years
minimum) for a .co.uk one. And my gTLD domain
registrations are done through dreamhost.com and
cost me $9.95 per year - around five quid each in
today’s English money.

Web hosting is a separate cost, although a single
domain registration is frequently bundled into
hosting deals.

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On 11 Sep 2008, at 14:15, Keith Martin wrote:

Although ‘expensive’ is a relative term.

Agreed. I had my cheapskate hat on.

;o)

Heather


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