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"Whois" on first?

By Bob Osgoodby
Posted Sunday, November 21, 2004

No this is not an Abbot and Costello comedy routine, but some serious information you need to know if considering your own web site. If you have ever looked into getting your own domain name, you have no doubt done a "whois" lookup. If you haven't, you can search to see if the name you wish is available at:(

There are three types of extensions available for our use at the current time. For example, is an example of a site - a site and finally a site. sites were traditionally the domain of non-profit organizations, but have since opened up, so anyone can have that extension. There are other extensions such as, but these are not available to the average person.

Before choosing a name with an extension, you should be aware that most browsers will allow you to simply enter the domain name such as "abc". The browser will then search for a web site with that name - but it isn't as simple as that.

Internet Explorer first searches for a domain name with a extension. If it finds one, it connects to that site. If it doesn't, it will search for a extension and finally a extension.

If you think you have a really neat name, and the extension is already taken, but the is available, it may not be a good deal. People are conditioned to enter a name followed by ".com" and if you have the or extension, you just may be sending your clients to a competitors site.

We recently tried to reserve a web site and checked under several names, but all the names, that we initially thought of, were all taken. Rather than settling for a or extension, we continued to search until we found one with a that was appropriate for our business.

Remember - when you do a "Whois" search, the name is on first.

About the Author
Bob Osgoodby publishes the free weekly "Your Business" Newsletter. Visit his Web Site at ( to subscribe, and place a Free Ad for your business. As a bonus, get 1239 FREE Internet Business E-Books from Larry Dotson, when you visit (


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