domain name: don't go online without it.
If you've even daydreamed
about a web site of your own, you've probably thought about
domain names- the part of a web address that comes between www.
and .com. And you've probably come up with some really
catchy names, even truly great ones.
If you're like most
people though, a quick search of existing names reveals that
even names you thought were wildly original or esoterically
obscure have already been registered- by someone else.
Even worse, you may
have begun to build an online presence as a sub domain-
essentially a directory within a registered domain.
Why you need a
name that ends in .com
Credibility. Access. Plain and simple, if your website doesn't
have these attributes, it won't be taken seriously. We find it
incredible that businesses are posting pages at "free" hosting
services with impossible addresses like isp.com/members/hereweare.htm
and thinking they've accomplished anything other than looking
There's an old
proverb that says, "the shoemaker's children go barefoot."
That's our only defense for failing to register our own name.
That's right. We have been online since 1998, using the name
"Beeline Express" for this site and operating as a subsite of
our parent, Thirdstar.net.
enough, we finally got around to registering it last week.
Imagine our chagrin to find that, a mere two weeks before,
someone else had claimed it. There's no telling what kind of
site beelineexpress.com will turn out to be. One thing is for
sure though: it won't be this one.
Dot Com names are valuable.
The ".com" extension is the best known, consumer
friendly version of all the possible extensions out there.
Many people now believe that "dotcom" is the suffix for ALL
"real" web sites. They're accustomed to it. Short,
catchy, easily remembered names that end in .com have become the
online version of commercial real estate. There is today a
growing aftermarket in domain name sales, and really catchy ones
are sometimes fetching millions of dollars for their registered
Spurred by the media
attention such stories generate, speculators are gobbling up
remaining .com names at a staggering pace. Although we don't
recommend that you join this stampede, we strongly recommend
that you find and register a suitable name for your web site
Register your name now.
If you've come up with a name that works, and no one's beat you
to it, make sure that no one does. Register your name right
With deregulation in
the domain registration industry, you no longer have to pay $70
just to register your name. Competition has created lower prices
and more options for domain name registration.
With a viable name for your site secured, you'll be ready to set
your online plans in motion.
Click the banner
at the top of this page to find and register a domain name.