What’s the value of a .name domain?

Fred langa By Fred Langa

There are currently 265 different "top level domains" (.com, .edu, .org, etc.) to choose from when registering your domain. What’s best?

First, let’s help a reader who’s wondering if he got ripped off in buying a .name domain name. Then: Secure erasures, reliable backups, CD lifespans, and more!

A .name domain works like any other

Have you seen some Web sites with names that end in somewhat unusual designations such as .biz, .info, .name, or .pro? Reader George McDaniel bought himself one such domain name and now is wondering if he wasted his money:
  • "I signed up for one of those .name domain names several years ago. I faithfully renew it every two years, even though I have no use for it and haven’t seen any indication so far that people are using them. Do you expect them to be of any significant use in the future, or is this just a gimmick to sell more domain names?"
It’s a short question, George, but the answer takes a bit of explaining. That’s because understanding .name domains requires knowing a bit about how the Internet’s domain name system works, and why. It’s worth digging into because it’s part of the fundamental logical infrastructure of the Internet — the very basis of everything you do online, including readi

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Fred Langa

About Fred Langa

Fred Langa is senior editor. His LangaList Newsletter merged with Windows Secrets on Nov. 16, 2006. Prior to that, Fred was editor of Byte Magazine (1987 to 1991) and editorial director of CMP Media (1991 to 1996), overseeing Windows Magazine and others.