The question of the day is: do I need my own domain name? dopey.me.uk is still free, and I'm kind of tempted by it. I'm inclined to feel that a subdomain (livredor.p5.org.uk) is pretty adequate, especially as my webpage is a companion page to this journal just now, and it's nice to have them vaguely unified. I think if I could come up with something brilliant, I'd register it (assuming I could do so with sensible top domains). Opinions? Suggestions?
Actually, just as .com is unrestricted but intended for commercial registrants, .net is actually intended for intended for network providers etc., so if you're going to do the whole choosing an appropriate TLD .net is probably not the way to go....
Well according to ICANN .info and .name are the most appropriate for individuals, but .org (and .org.uk) is probably fine too since .org is intended for organizations that do not fit elsewhere into the list of TLDs.
Thanks for pointing this out, that's helpful to know.
Vestigial nationalism means that I'm slightly inclined towards a .uk domain (apart from anything else they're a lot cheaper).
I wasn't really thinking of a domain based on livredor. Livre d'or is the title of my journal, not my handle, and if I want my own domain, I want it to be one that people will associate with me rather than my livejournal (especially as not all my acquaintances are on livejournal!)
I already have livredor as a subdomain, which I set up because what I want right now falls into the gap between a journal and a blog. And I'm kludging to get round this using a livejournal account with links to a webpage.
The original 'do I want a domain name' question was looking at a more long term situation. I might at some point want to do a proper personal webpage, I will very likely want a memorable, permanent email address. Still feels like it's marginally worth it, rather than obviously worth it.
That is absolutely brilliant. I think even brilliant enough that you don't need to rush to register it cos I doubt anyone else will come up with that idea. Though the internet is a big "place", so maybe to be on the safe side?
Hmm, dns.be doesn't seem to restrict its TLD to Belgian nationals only. Or at least, it doesn't say so anywhere that I can find! I think a lot of fun could be had with a .be address. Suggestions? Or is this a bad plan altogether?
Ooh, good thinking! outgra.be would be quite stylish. I was thinking along the lines of boring things like yetto.be or thewayto.be. The disadvantage of this approach is that I want something that is easily identifiable as me, not just something witty. Hmm. I'll keep working on it.
The .be registry have a promotion running at the moment whereby you can get free .be domains of your choosing. OpenSRS warn us however that if you are seen as "warehousing" domains which they class as registering more than 10 under one admin contact that you will be charged. This promotion is available until January 2006.
So now you know. anaero.be appears to be taken, however.
No opinion on domain names, really (I'm content to live within greenend.org.uk) but I can recommend Black Cat as people to register them with. They do greenend.org.uk, miltonbrewery.co.uk, individualpubs.co.uk and so on and we've been quite happy with them.
I suppose there's always ba.be - it's not our style of course but it has a certain je ne sais quoi (or should that be quelquechose?) I'm not a Live Journal user so not sure how or if this will come out and I don't want to be anonymous so I'll sign off - David (Downunder)
Yeah, I'm set up so anyone can comment, cos I'm not willing to force people onto this particular system.
ba.be (and most pronounceable two-letter combinations I suspect) is gone, sadly. I did think of that one. Still debating whether it's worth the extra hassle to get a funky .be domain, or whether I should just stick with a boring .uk one...