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By Danny Foo - July 19th 2016 11.05 PM GMT+0800

Given the dynamic nature of the Internet, new trends in the domain name industry are frequent. The history of the domain name is intertwined with that of the growth of the Internet. The first .com domain name was registered in 1985 and it celebrated its 31st anniversary this year.

.com and .net Top Level Domains (TLDs) reached a combined total of 141 million names at the close of January 2016. The domain name .com is a top-level domain in the Domain Name System of the Internet. Its name is derived from the word commercial, indicating its original intended purpose for domains registered by commercial organizations. However, eventually the distinction was lost when .com, .org and .net were opened for unrestricted registration. The domain was originally administered by the United States Department of Defense, but is today operated by Verisign, and remains under ultimate jurisdiction of US law. The registry accepts internationalized domain names. The domain was one of the original top-level domains in the Internet when the Domain Name System was implemented in January 1985, the others being edu, gov, mil, net, org, and arpa. It has grown into the largest top-level domain.

Domain name registration

Registrations of domain names seem to be going on at a steady pace. Around 40% of the world population has an internet connection today. In 1995, it was less than 1%. The number of internet users has increased tenfold from 1999 to 2013. The first billion was reached in 2005. The second billion in 2010. The third billion in 2014. So the number of .Com's increased some 7 Million in 2015 or over 7%. The question is how many .Com will be registered by next year, 1/1/17? This year we all know we had a short period of time where millions of .Com's that were previously unregistered got registered by people in China. Whilst some argue that domain names registration will grow at an unprecendented pace in the coming years, as more users come online, the Internet will become an even greater force, one that businesses cannot afford to neglect. This may perhaps provide the required impetus for more businesses to register their domain name and build their business identities online.

While they are some really cheap domain names you can get they are also some who are paying big bucks for a premium dot-com address. Sometimes it's unavailable or just too costly to purchase from domain name squatters. So, what happens if you think of the "perfect" name and you can't get that prime dotcom address you were hoping for?

Let us look at some of the premium domain names.

.mom

For all of the brilliant mothers, now you can play around a bit more with your domain name by having the suffix include "mom" and using the main site name however you'd like. We recommend those of you in the industry to snatch up your company domain quickly as these too will likely go extinct in a few short years. Very suitable for websites built around as a trusted resource and online community for the "Woman Behind the Mom," with practical tips, advice, videos and information on parenting, pregnancy, family, career, health, beauty, cooking, crafts and more.

www.modern.mom costs RM26,260.81 for the first year.

.bar

The internet put the global world right at our fingertips. .bar domain belong to the Internet artisans… at least that's the vibe it has. This domain could turn your bar into a brand for the people who are making the Internet." It is super easy to remember and just interesting enough to make your ears perk up.

www.good.bar costs RM9,952.13 for the first year.

.barcelona

The domain name choice just made sense for the community-focused company. This could be an easy choice for you if you want new members to join the community and have an epic adventure with their friends, Nowadays, the trend is putting the focus back on local community. Domains too are understanding this societal shift and offering localized suffix's, the most popular of which being .berlin, .nyc, .london and .wang (China). This is great for offline store owners and culturally specific products.

www.fascinating.barcelona costs RM359.81 for the first year.

3 Steps to register a domain name

Step 1: Brainstorming the perfect domain name

The key to any online presence is the domain name so creating the right one is critical to your business's success. Make it memorable so it's easy to remember – avoid words that are tough to pronounce or challenging to spell. Misspellings can be costly so be mindful of words that have different spellings too! Be creative and use words or phrases that describe your company so potential clients know what your business is about. This is helpful with search rankings if you're depending on traffic from search engines. Avoid names that are similar to competing brands and confirm you're not violating someone's intellectual property rights.

Step 2: Pick the right top level domain (TLD)

The extension you see to the right of the dot (welovecats.com) is just as important to what's to the left of it (welovecats.com). With more than 15 years of reliability, .com remains the global online standard for domain names. With more than 15 million registrations, .net is an established domain with a strong legacy.

Step 3: Select a Registrar

You'll need to choose a registrar to host your new domain. You'll need to confirm first if the domain name you want is available. If it's not, we can assist you in creating the right one for your business. Once your domain name is registered, you need to protect it. Why? Losing your domain can have serious consequences and an adverse impact on your brand and revenue, so consider additional security features your registry may offer.

Danny Foo is Bootstrap and HTML5 expert. When he is not in the office, you can usually find him running on his treadmill and coding on his laptop at the gym bar.



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