For most people, internet suffixes are not something that are given a great deal of thought, but they are part of life online. Wherever you are in the world, you can visit google.com to access the global page for the search engine, but there are numerous international variants available as well — google.co.uk for the UK, google.fr for France, google.cn for China. You probably don’t consider the existence of many suffixes or TLDs (top level domains) beyond a familiar handful.
Wherever you are in the world, .com is universally recognized, but each country has its own version as well. These are the addresses that most companies and individuals want to bag for their site — they are the ones that matter. Of course there are numerous other familiar TLDs: .org for charities and non-profit organizations, .gov for official governmental sites, but this is far from being the end of the story.
After nearly 2 decades of commercial internet, domain names are as important as ever. In the late ’90’s, Aol keywords started popping up on business signs, and today you’re likely to see a company’s Twitter @username or Facebook page on marketing material. So many people do a Google search for everything that they paste domain names into a Google box and then click the link that Google shows. Still, through it all, domain names have remained one of the most important things a business can own online.
It’s not just businesses, though. Many individuals own their own domain to keep their own personal blog or portfolio site with their own identity. Having your own domain makes it much easier to move to a new site and bring your traffic along with you. Plus, you can run your own email services on your own domain, or use your domain with Google Apps for a personalized Gmail experience. That way, even if you want to go use another email service, you’ll always have the same email address and won’t have to get your friends to update their address books.
Most of us have at least some web presence, and I was curious how many of our readers own domains. I personally own 3 domains right now, and use my own techinch.com domain for my personal site and as my main email. Do you use your own domain for your own site, and do you use it for email as well, or are mainstream services sufficient for you?
In this Quick Look, we’re highlighting iWantMyName. The developer describes iWantMyName as a simple domain management service offering one-click setup for hosted web apps and services such as Tumblr, Google Apps or MobileMe.
Until now, the process of buying and managing domains has been far too difficult, confusing and non-transparent. iWantMyName has created a much better experience for domain seekers and makes it easy to find, register and manage domains.
Read on for more information and screenshots!
Can cool domains names assure the success of a site, blog or brand? No, they can’t. However, a great product combined with a cool domain name does get the word around lightning fast. Selecting the perfect domain name requires patience, wordplay and more patience. Out there in the internet, there are bunch of web apps that help suggest, crunch and spin words to get hold of that perfect name.
While researching for this roundup, I discovered some really awesome web apps that can suggest hundreds of domain names based on broad based keywords and have listed some of them after the jump. Read on.