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Is it worthwhile to buy my domain name with many top level domains?

It is almost impossible completely "lock up a brand" by buying it for every top level domain. There are hundreds of top level domains with new ones coming online all the time. Only well funded ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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What is the status of the .DATA TLD?

The only authoritative source on this is ICANN/IANA (and despite its name "icannwiki.org" is not run by ICANN so should not be taken as authoritative source) Specifically you can go to the following ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
10 votes

First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

It is possible for a company with a trademark dispute to take you to court over this, however I would not worry too much about it. They have to make a substantial claim that you have somehow violated ...
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.COM vs newer domain extensions

If we're to go by this 2016 survey, general consumers do not trust the new gTLD domain extensions: We found that roughly half of consumers are uncomfortable visiting websites ending in new ...
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Is there any regulation on the yearly renewal price of a domain under a premium TLD?

[A]m I just relying on industry/market self-regulation or otherwise? Essentially, yes. Entities called Domain Registries (who are the people who oversee the day-to-day operations of Top Level Domains ...
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Is a place holder phone or fax number allowed in WHOIS records?

Initially you didn't say what TLD domain you are talking about, but they are likely similar. [UPDATE] Chris.leonard's answer gives more depth on that issue. [/UPDATE] ICANN states the following: ...
Steve's user avatar
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Will .day TLD be available to the public?

There is no possible canonical answer. For 2012 new gTLD round, each applicant was coming with some kind of business plan, for what it wants to do with the TLD. Some are restricted to a brand, some to ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Do search engines ever ignore unconventional domain suffixes?

There are only two cases I am aware of where Google treats domains differently. Google automatically geotargets ccTLDs to their corresponding country, except for ccTLDs that have been genericized ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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Is it possible to register a domain with a '.sea' extension?

The authoritative list of all TLDs is http://www.iana.org/domains/root/db. The top-level domain .sea is not listed. It may of course be possible to register it with alternative DNS roots, but that’...
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Best way to get a .dev domain name before everyone else

There are no cheaty tricks in the case of .dev. The basic gist of it is that the more you pay, the closer you are to the front of the line. Timeline: If you own a trademark, you can get a ...
Maximillian Laumeister's user avatar
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Is using two TLDs okay? (FQDN - DNS Hierarchy (gTLD + ccTLD) websites)

The DNS is a tree, inverted if you want. It starts with the root, aka ., typically written on top. Then just below you have TOP level domains, aka TLDs. You can find the list of them at https://www....
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Which subdomains can I use when I register a UK domain (.co.uk, .ac.uk, etc)?

I can register a .uk domain Yes, for example: example.uk (example is your registered domain name.) does this mean I can set any subdomain I like infront of it including .co? Yes, for example: co....
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Do search engines treat the new themed top-level domains the same as historical gTLDs?

There are no TLDs that Google finds preferential to others; they are all treated equally in rankings. There are some geo-specific TLDs that Google will default to a specific country and use that as an ...
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Is a place holder phone or fax number allowed in WHOIS records?

This is just an addendum to Steve's excellent answer, in case anyone sees this and wonders if Steve's answer is applicable to all TLDs mentioned in the revised question (COM, NET and ORG). There are ...
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Confusing domain name extensions

TL;DR No one can predict the future (so theoretically the case you present can happen, in practice I wouldn't bet on it), especially because ICANN, in charge of TLDs creation has a lot of rules and ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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Is it worthwhile to buy my domain name with many top level domains?

You want to lock the domain the moment you purchase it in order to secure it to the one domain registrar you are working with. Without locking, someone could sign up and transfer your domain name ...
Mike -- No longer here's user avatar
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Which subdomains can I use when I register a UK domain (.co.uk, .ac.uk, etc)?

Can you register any domain under .uk? Not entirely: until 10 July 2019 owners of .co.uk, .org.uk, .me.uk and .net.uk have first refusal for the equivalent .uk domains (in that order in case of ...
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The difference in domain name prices

Simple answer. Registrars can charge what they want. Want more? Ok. Becoming a registrar requires a HUGE investment in network bandwidth, equipment, backups, personnel, fees, company website ...
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Are there any restrictions for registering a .rs domain?

I notice it doesn't have a definition of "interested users" so it is likely safe to assume you are one. Unless my exchange calculations are wrong, the cost of around 500 Dinars is around $US4 so you ...
Steve's user avatar
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Is there any regulation on the yearly renewal price of a domain under a premium TLD?

I think it is self regulated which is why you see registrars offer teaser rates to sign up and then the renewal is 10x what the original registration cost was. I would hesitate to put anything ...
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Is there any regulation on the yearly renewal price of a domain under a premium TLD?

...yearly renewal price of a premium TLD? I am looking at a .xyz domain that is apparently considered 'premium'. I think you may be confusing "premium TLD" with "premium domain". What you appear to ...
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First domain name: ensuring the name availability in the future

Your question is relevant but has mostly not definitive long-standing answer in either way. Nothing is eternal: registries can change and eligibility rules can change. Policies on dispute and ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar
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.COM vs newer domain extensions

Explaining to someone that your site is at anything(hyphen/dash/minus)youwant.com became a nightmare (for me, personally). Avoid using anything that will put you in a position where you have to ...
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Do websites that use the .com tld need to represent a commercial company?

There are very few restrictions on registering .com domains. 101domain.com has a page listing them. The only restrictions are: Violating rights of third parties, illegal activities including ...
Stephen Ostermiller's user avatar
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Is it still possible to apply for new TLD? (top level domain)

Response from ICANN. Unfortunately I can not. Thank you for contacting the ICANN Global Support Center. The application window for the current round of new gTLDs closed in 2012. At this ...
Mars Robertson's user avatar
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When changing domain names, can I keep my existing SEO and Google Search ranking?

Yes, you can move a website from one domain to different domain and maintain the ranking. This is very common when business re-branding is done and website needs to move from one domain to a ...
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If someone owns example.com.au, can they sell example.com separately?

.com domain addresses can be purchased from anyone in the world and do not carry the same restrictions as certain types of national tlds. You are able to purchase their .com address and there should ...
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Can I register and redirect a domain that is similar to my competitors to my site to rank when people search for my competitor?

In addition to everything else that was mentioned, if your competitor found out you were doing that, you could be hit with either a Cybersquatting complaint in court or a UDRP, which you would likely ...
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Same pronunciations but different letters will lead to Legal case?

... TLDs are different but the pronunciations are same. Even the Quickr.com is taken by them too. will this lead to a Legal, Branding problem in future? Can they acquire my site future? You could try ...
Rob's user avatar
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.COM vs newer domain extensions

if potential visitors have an aversion to the newer TLDs. It is a very subjective question. I would like to offer a more nuanced approach than the answers already given. Chicken-and-egg This is a ...
Patrick Mevzek's user avatar

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