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Opportunity or threat?

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  1. philiporchard United Kingdom

    philiporchard Well-Known Member

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    Just wondering what the consensus was on the new domain shake up was, especially in relation to .co.uk?

    Opportunity or Threat?

    Gives us the opportunity to be in at the beginning... Looks like it's going to take serious $$ to get the best extensions though!

    I was reading on one feed that price for an extension could be $100,000. That seems incredibly cheap. I can't imagine .NYC or .London selling for those prices!

    .NYC for $1000,000 would seem like a bargain surely? Hotels.NYC - hotel would be a fantastic name that could command a hefty annual renewal fee.

    How many of us is it going to take to join together to be able to buy .hotels :D

    Personally I think the proliferation and subsequent confusion, as to whether a website is UK focused or not, may actually increase the value of owning a domain with a uk extension. However, I'm obviously biased!
     
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    As an example, how many people here have bought into .ME?

    I heard .INFOs will soon be free to reg because no one wants them.

    I think the primary TLDs will be around a while yet but it could dilute some sales, why pay £500,000 for hotels.co.uk when you can hotels.something for a reg fee?
     
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    The bulk of intuitive user behaviour is towards established TLD's and ccTLD's, this is because of the exposure they get through conventional media like print, tv and radio.

    These new exntensions will still be an unknown to the wider public, because of the lack of the above bedding in and bulit up profile over the decade of use.

    If any thing its going to create more confusion and will drive more traffic to the familar and known extensions.

    Disputes. I envisage a nightmare scenario for IP holders to protect their brands across all these new possible extensions. It will create more of a financial burden on Trademark owners even if no possible traffic is being received via these new extensions.

    I will be sticking with; the country code you do business in and .com.
     
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    By the way I bags .uk ;)
     
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    Landrush central , only two groups will be certain of making any cash.

    Price excludes the ongoing costs to run and maintain a registry, likewise the point of setting up an extension will be to make money so you can be sure the 'top' names will be suitably priced.

    Agreed, its .mobi / .eu / .asia / .tv etc all in bigger and more expanded form. I expect the usual hype from those 'seeing the bigger picture' :)

    Hotels.co.uk will have traffic, the .co.uk 'brand' attached whereas london.hotels does not. It is the same arguement why there is a price gap between Hotels.tk and Hotels.co.uk , one is 'worth' more than the other.

    The guidelines state that new extensions will not allowed to be confusingly similar to existing extensions and nodoubt there will be a reserved name list as well.

    It is not as simple as people paying £xxx,xxx and 'regging' .whatever . It has to be sustainable, pass ICANN vetting (which wont be hard on fasttrack but it is a filter), have a proper biz plan and be *running* a registry. Likewise as a registrant I need the oppertunity to register mynameisrob.whatever at Godaddy or 123Reg.

    I believe it will come down to the usual thing, if you have cash in it then its the most groundbreaking idea in the history of the internet, if you dont then the world continues to revolve.

    The winners will be ICANN and the registries and losers will be the 'lower end' domainers who go all in backing .moneymaker due to the hype :(
     
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    It was purely Tongue-in-cheek. Nominet have control over the 1st level .uk and in fact could choose to allow .uk registrations.
     
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    Anything that increases supply in the domain market is a potential problem, especially to those paying large amounts for premium domains. Domainers need to be aware of any change in the domain name system or browser technology that could lead to a step change in how people navigate to sites, and not overstretch their investment accordingly.

    Rgds
     
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