Land Rush on New Domain Extensions – 2014
It’s a new age for a new land rush, as ICANN has authorized a long list of new global domain name extensions for public consumption.
Recently, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), has released a whole bunch of new gTLD (global Top Level Domain) extensions to the general public. Most of these have been out for a little while, but I have been so busy that I didn’t have time to post. There will be a whole bunch more to follow these, as well. So we still are just around almost halfway through the release of this new variety of extensions.
Obviously some great names are gone. Lots of domainers often automate the task of registering the names they want. I personally think that some domainers (who are much better off than I) go a bit overboard because they can afford to. You aren’t going to sell domains on a regular basis unless you have a large stock of generic names, though.
Still, I believe that the .com extension will win out as the best domain name extension to have in the US simply for a long time yet, because people here aren’t used to using anything else. As United States citizens, we don’t even bother to register .US versions of our own beloved brands much of the time. To me, that is a huge oversight.
But I did manage to grab a few myself, including…
There are some good ones out there, I’m planning on getting more, but I am actually scrambling to protect my current brands. The new domains are a bit more expensive, so we have to be selective. But this land rush seems to be
The new list of extensions supposedly allows everyone a chance of getting a good domain name. It would be just too hard for all the domainers to snap every good name up, but be sure that most of the generics are gone. That’s just a fact of life in this day and age.
Some of the generic names just aren’t even available. As I mention above, site.domains isn’t available to anyone, even though I have personally created the Site Domains Trademark and built a great brand behind it. What is crazy to me is that everyone in the domainer community shunned me for grabbing sitedomains.com, saying that it wasn’t very good, catchy or short enough. But now I supposedly can’t register the .domains version and capitalize on my investment?
So, the rules are a little different with this new flood of gTLD (global Top Level Domain) extensions. The real benefactor in the short run, is ICANN, who is cashing in on already established brands while we little guys try to protect our brands. After all, it only takes a nut to grab an extension and deface the brand in order to build any notoriety and ill-will directed squarely at the brand.
The new list of available extensions is actually quite long and adding them all to the drop down extensions menu would make that search utility less effective. So the best thing to do is, in the registration search field, enter the domain name, a dot (period) and then extension that you wanted to check. It is probably a the easiest to do it, and more self explanatory, from the shop.domainhostmaster.com subdomain of Domain Hostmaster, though.
I’ll be adding info on the new extensions into the http://www.domainhostmaster.com section soon, under a new gTLD directory (www.domainhostmaster.com/new-gtld/) as soon as possible (I have been working a great deal, lately).
Here is the current list of the new extensions ready for registration at Domain Hostmaster:
New Extensions List
I’ll follow-up later, I am still very busy. But there will be many more added soon, ICANN has a lot of new ones coming.
Remember that if you decide to do business with me at Domain Hostmaster, it will be highly appreciated! 😉 Plus, we quite honestly do offer the best prices around, the best management control panels, the best servers and network operations center available (on several continents), and the best support staff in the industry.
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If you are using one of the latest browsers on your PC, or browse the web on a mobile device, it is very likely that you don’t even see the name of the page your current browser window is displaying.
Web page titles and even their filenames are important assists in helping your site’s web pages search. By providing a unique title and name that reflects the content found on that particular document, you are providing more meta data to the search engines. If your title/name meta data are accurate for each page, this optimizes search. And we optimize the ability for searching the page, we optimize search for the entire website.
I would think that by optimizing search, the search engines might even be more likely to rank your site’s page higher in the search results. This is the general idea behind Search Engine Optimization (SEO), providing optimized data to enhance your listing’s rankings in the search engine results (often referred to as SERP for your ‘Search Engine Ranking Position’ or ‘Search Engine Results Positioning’).
Yet as I surf the web, it seems to me that more and more I am running across pages that are completely untitled, or all the pages in a website share the company name, or are simply titled and named inappropriately (home, page 1, page 2, page 3…). I have even seen many that are labelled “Untitled”, which seems to be the default name that WYSIWYG web page editors use.
But if you look at how we use the web nowadays, it doesn’t seem unrealistic that this is so unimportant to so many. People in the know understand fully how important these names and titles can be when it comes to optimizing search, because these particular fields, even the filename, are concise representations of what might be found on that page, and therefore, words that appear there, as well as are repeated elsewhere throughout the description, headings, content and image descriptions (maybe even in the image file names), are given more importance in search.
Because the title and name of a page usually use concise wording, even most of the very basic search algorithms place even more importance on the few words found here. And when there are fewer words used, their importance is greater for each word there, because importance is less spread-out when they are concise, as opposed to a certain importance spread between more of them.
That, by the way, is how some SEO professionals think, and I completely disagree, that using more key search words is good. It is much better to be concise and concentrate on the keywords and terms that are your focus. These can be underlined with synonyms and such in the content, but to stuff keywords in a title or filename, even in a description or keywords list (within meta tags) is just not a good idea. But that is a different subject, overusing names and titles. I just want to encourage their practical use, and even all of the major search engines like to see this, too. It’s called paying attention to the details.
Of course, any modern advanced search technology uses much more refined algorithms, but it always starts right there, with each page’s own name and title. Why do so many overlook them and their importance to search?
My answer is that the new modern web browsers are making it less important.
When I am browsing the web on my PC these days, I am in productivity/creativity mode, and I usually only have a single web browser window open. But that one browser window is full of tabs showing all sorts of different webpages for all the different online projects I am working on.
Often, I have a tab open for the font creation tool I am currently utilizing. Another for each of my different hosting accounts I manage. Another for my WordPress blog, one tab for Blogger and yet another for Tumblr. I usually always have my Twitter and Facebook accounts readily available, as well.
On top of that I will have the websites open that I am working on, and the next ones I want to touch-up, as well. Because we can do that with modern browsers on a fairly recent machine that has some processing power and enough memory.
So, what do I see as the title of each page in these tabbed windows? Well, since the current open tab is not enhanced above the individual tabs (as it should be) in Chrome or FireFox, I see:
[In] [In] [W] [S-] [Pr] [H] [H] [Sh] [D] [g] [W] [Bl] [T]…
Reduced size screen snapshot of my browser tabs. Chrome shows a letter, maybe 2. FireFox shows a word, maybe 2 short ones. But both are ignoring the current active title, as well as all the others.
It is the modern web browser that is masking how important those Titles are!
If the title of the page isn’t even displayed in the current active browser window, this is a huge burden in educating users the importance of the proper use of the HTML title tag. Especially when Google is declaring that what is the most important thing to it is that their search results are reflecting what the visitor actually sees and is presented with upon arrival to that document.
Isn’t Google itself devaluating these titles in Chrome?
Interestingly enough, your PC or Mac web browser’s address bar is still there by default and yet most users and even many webmasters are ignoring its importance. Site administrators, owners and webmasters ignore it with non-related domain name choices and even more poorly thought-out directory organization and file naming conventions.
However, the issue does not stop there. Because screen space is so important on smart phones and handheld devices, the page title doesn’t appear unless we are switching between different page views. In fact, the web browser’s address bar disappears as soon as we scroll down the page a little. That said, as soon as we start scrolling up, it will reappear, reaffirming its importance to navigation. But I honestly don’t think that anyone understands that importance, because I find myself frustrated not having a gadget that represents the browser bar there for me to tap and access.
My differences in UI (user interface) design vary greatly from the mobile plaftform, though. I believe in visual clues that allow navigation. Unfortunately, the mobile UI is very unfriendly in this respect. So although you do have elderly people adopting smart phones, I find them even more frustrated with the expected UI experience because they are expecting a GUI and not the touch motion technology that mobile users have to learn.
Nevertheless, despite the challenges of humans interacting with mobile device interfaces, it remains clear that Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s FireFox are abandoning the display of the all important web page title unless you actually look for it. So now is it becoming just meta data?
I have to ask myself why, and I really do think that they too, are sick of seeing unused or inappropriate HTML document titles. Since the webmastering public at large doesn’t use the title tags correctly, why should they even display them, I suppose?
But doesn’t this start down a new slippery slope where we don’t even worry about our page titles because they are so out-of-sight and therefore out-of-mind?
Or are they actually going to give SEO professionals a reason to stick around because as always, all they have ever done is tackle the obvious that a newbie webmaster or newbie web designer without a clue would miss?
Nevertheless, despite their somewhat inappropriate disappearing act from the full view of the global world wide web community, web page titles and names do have a proven impact on assisting search. So it is then obvious that these things really do require your attention when designing a website, setting up a new page, posting a new blog entry, etc…
Just remember that each name and title reinforces the key search words/terms, advertising copy and even the brands themselves that are represented on these pages and it all makes common sense, doesn’t it?
In example… If you are creating a page about the different kinds of rodent traps, you might want to name your web page HTML file as “rodent-traps.html” and title it “Rodent Traps for the Home”. Then, on that page you would discuss the different kind of traps available for different kinds of rodents. Use head tags to identify different kinds of content. Then, you will link to pages about particular traps or brands… so maybe you have another page discussing Rat Traps at “rat-traps.html” and it may discuss the differences between poison traps, concussion traps and sticky traps, then each of those may point to reviews on particular brands of traps at other pages showcasing those brands or products.
I can go into more detail, but to me this is all common sense. Of course, I am a well educated web designer, as well as an artist. I’m supposed to understand this stuff. But not all webmasters do, and so that’s why I want to reintroduce some of these common sense practices to the world, because when a page title or name disappears, we think about these little beginning design touches a lot less, and yet they are very important to the grand scheme of search.
I don’t preach Search Engine Optimization (SEO), I preach search optimization (which has a better effect on SERP because you eliminate the worry).
Originally, I announced this security breach vulnerability by reblogging Tumblr’s announcement of it. But now I have a few further details. This is reblogged from my Blogger blog at:
Which is reproduced below for your convenience…
By now, you have heard of the bug, “Heartbleed” that has nearly all manner of websites updating their system servers. Heartbleed is a radical security hole that was identified on April 7th, 2014, which allows malicious hackers to bypass the encryption of OpenSSL software which secures a majority of servers on the internet.
Only OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f which utilize the Heartbeat extension are at risk. You will have to contact your host in order to see what if you use the OpenSSL system and whether or not your server uses a version that is affected with the heartbeat extension compiled in.
SSL Security Certificates themselves are not broken, though if you are using OpenSSL on your server, you should have your administrator upgrade to version 1.0.1g immediately, wipe the server cache, and then reboot.
You should also advise your users that they should secure their account with a new password because of the threat this security vulnerability.
Users who participate in any membership on any website should also make the rounds, find if your service has addressed the issue, make sure that they have or will, and once they have, change your password.
This is a huge frick’n deal. It will inconvenience all of us (at the least) for a very long time. The worse case scenario is that you might have your personal information that is stored on any server, stolen. So the whole of the internet, administrators and users, have to address this issue immediately.
I saw an ad on TV for some educational program that stated “Technology Changes the World”. Wrong.
Technology complicates the world, for sure. It is intended to simplify life, but in fact we have to learn how to use new tools. But the more that technology advances, the more the world stays the same. We always will rely on technology. In fact, we count on and anticipate its advances. The law is often up-ended in its failure to keep-up with the swift advance of technology, but the main thing is that right is still right and wrong is still wrong. Leveraging a computer to cheat still has to be programmed in by a human. Cheating is still wrong, that has never changed.
Part of the problem is that lawyers and lobbyists step in and muck-up the mucky-muck law to take advantage of us. The rich and corporate entities that can influence the law do so in order to take advantage of it for their own gain at our expense. Hence, you have slave labor when corporations take advantage of us by paying minimum wage with no real benefits, no significant recognition or care of its employees, while it builds millions, even billions on their backs.
It is a shame that we, as a people are so dismissed by corporate society, when we are its very core. But technology won’t change that, only art will. Corporations leverage technology to their advantage, but it doesn’t change their attitude or outlook, only encourages their abuse of power.
Not all rich people or large corporations are like this. The few 1%-ers and corporations that are acting responsibly usually do well by doing right by its people, treating them as family. Employees are flocking their posted career opportunities and a culture is created that is nurturing and interested in each individual’s lives. But this humanity does not arrive from technology, it arrives from humans making correct decisions and doing the right thing.
So where do we pick-up these inclinations to do right by others? You can look to religion, but perhaps a more important concept is the art of parenting. It certainly doesn’t come from technology, as technology doesn’t teach us what to do, it only enables and enhances our opportunities to either do right or do wrong.
Technology has never changed the world. It advances civilization, and the one constant in this world is change. Technology simply allows faster and further change with a broader reach. But change, real change that tugs at our soul comes from education. The teachings of which, are art. The art of writing, the art of communication, the art of understanding, the art of compassion, even our own morality and ethics are formed in an art of our perception of the world.
If you are like me, it is the art of Michelangelo, da Vinci, Raphael, van Gogh, Monet, Cézanne, Goya that inspires us to not just do our best, but appreciate other’s work, even when it is not their best. the lessons we have to learn of morality and ethics are echoed through-out literature not just in education and leadership classes, but in the art of parenting (which by no means is a science).
Technology, on the other hand, gives art a new voice, and we see this in television and digital, where concious decisions are openly made to deceive the public not only in advertising, but even through the art of journalism by deep pockets that want to use art to twist the reality of politics, news, human rights and pacify the public with how well we should be doing, how great our slave nation has become.
Don’t think that the slaves weren’t paid. True, very little, but in better houses they were paid a bit to maintain their lives so that they were presentable and clean. And that seems to be all the growing working class poor can afford in this country, enough to keep their nose clean, but not enough to meet any life crisis or even afford their own healthcare.
And yet, there will be those that will try to convince you that it is better to have poor, because otherwise their own profits are robbed.
No, it is not technology that changes the world, but the artists that control and mold its impressions on us, and how we allow the arts, even fashion, to grab us and take a hold of us. How art moves us, in books, education, parenting, what we see in the beauty of art, in the humanity of others and how we feel about the art that they reveal through their lives…
Art Changes the World!
So much spam. I abandoned this droll blogging platform when WordPress suddenly decided to add advertisements to the blog. I was so upset that I cancelled my paid domain name mapping (where http://domainating.com was the actual address of the site). You can still get here via the http://domainating.com address, but now you are redirected to this web address (https://domainating.wordpress.com/).
So, I will lose all credibilty with my domain name in Google, as Google very hypocritically and absolutely very definitely hates redirects used on any server other than its own, even though they use this method of directing traffic all the time (check out chrome.com , android.com or picasa.com, as examples).
So I started blogging on Tumblr and wouldn’t you know it, after their sale to Yahoo the very first post to every one of my blogs is now a very spammy advertisement. Sometimes these ads even contain malware! Hence, I will not even list my 7 tumblr blog addresses here. In fact, if you visit any blog on Tumblr, make sure you have a good malware client. An anti-virus program is not enough! In fact, an anti-virus program does very little to protect you from spyware and malware. I use a good one, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Pro, and I recommend it, highly. You wouldn’t believe how much stuff it has already caught and protected me from.
So now, I feel betrayed once again. Why can’t a guy write on a blog without seeming like a spammer or scammer anymore? I don’t have $100.00 a year for that, even full-function web hosting is cheaper, and you have more control. It used to be that everyone who liked to blog could find a safe haven. But now everyone is just using us to build their own scraper site.
What is a scraper site? A site that uses ads to scrape a few cents away from the advertiser to reflect the lead, or link, giving him traffic to his site. Now, I am not at all against advertising, when it is done right and responsibly. But peppering the advertisements with lies, mistruths, misleading info, outright deceit, viruses, trojans, malware and spyware has always been against the law. Plus, advertisers such as WordPress, Yahoo, even Google and Tumblr lose control of the ads and the quality of the ads because truth in advertising is never enforced in digital media anymore.
I guess I’m going back to Google’s Blogger platform, now. At least I don’t have to display ads with Blogger (so far). I guess all we can do is pray that corporate America sees the light and revolts against all this privacy intrusion…
Jesus Christ, please forgive the stupid people behind these corporations that are taking advantage of us bloggers and our readers with crap advertising, spam, viruses, trojans and malware, but please get some smart people into these corporations that can take charge, look after their brands, not mar us and ours up, and make it pretty darn quick! This is just plain idiocy. Amen.
My son, Max, placed fourth overall in the state Math Counts competition. He was the highest ranking 7th grader in the tournament and is pictured here as a part of the winning team from Patrick Henry Middle School in Sioux Falls. Max is the second from the end on the right side.
Obviously, I am very proud of him and his team mates, he has worked very hard to get where he is. Sometimes, I think that Max works too hard, but I have to let him be who he wants to be, which is a big deal to me since I never was given the chance to do what I want to do.
Congratulations Max, on a great showing at the South Dakota state Math Counts competition. You have punched your ticket to the national competition in Orlando, Florida, at Disney World.
Max also took second place in a math competition for geometry at USD in Vermillion, SD this past Saturday (3/29/2014). Patrick Henry Middle School students did great representing Lincoln High School (where they have their math classes) at the event. Great job, Max!
I have found that it is almost impossible for me to use Chrome intuitively on my Samsung Galaxy Note II. The problem is that when I am scrolling around with my finger, Chrome almost always closes my browser window because it mistakes the scroll as a flick intended to shut down that window. This has become entirely too common, and I can find no settings to disable this “feature” bug or even to adjust the speed required of a flick.
Hell, I want the flick to scroll my page (a long way) and this is counter intuitive to the way I use my mobile devices. I would think that it would be counter intuitive to anyone, since this is exactly how we use our browsers on a computer when we flick the mouse wheel (or touch device) to scroll way down a long page. It can’t be just my problem.
C’MON, GOOGLE! Get with it. To have to find the same page all the time is a pain in the ass and a waste of time. I know how to get rid of a window. Maybe you should bone-up on how users use their devices. Really!
Anyways, I really need to find a decent browser that won’t exhibit the same misguided disrupting user experience. I have tried many browsers, and if it weren’t for this vital flaw in Chrome I would say that it is the best browser out there. But, this one thing upsets my user experience constantly, and makes using my phone extremely hard (when it obviously should not be).
So far, I have tried the following browsers:
- Dolphin Browser
- Opera Mini
- One Browser
- UC Browser
- Plus, the standard “Internet” browser that the Galaxy Note II is shipped with.
For some reason or another, each of these has fallen way short of the mark of being a good browser. Most often, the singular reason that it didn’t work for me is that it didn’t work reliably on my mobile device. And I need it to work on a couple cheap tablets and my old Droid X as well, so that I can be in familiar territory across all devices. Plus, I have to eliminate crap software because otherwise my cheap devices get bogged down and don’t run well (I can really only do a few things, one at a time, on the slower/cheaper devices, so that they wind-up dedicated to only a couple of tasks because they have little usable memory and therefore I can’t install much on them).
My biggest problem is that no browser works reliably on any device, much less across all of my devices. The Droid X and my 7″ tablet only has a single core 1GHz processor while all of my other cheap tablets have at least a 2 core processor.
I use my mobile browser a great deal no matter which device I am on, though. So it is essential to the operation of any mobile hand held unit that I will utilize. And I am often inputting information on forms, so it should definitely support ‘https://’ (secure hypertext transfer protocol) connections and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) security certificates, warning me if there are any issues with any of the certificates. But above all, it has to be reliable and Chrome Browser just isn’t because I am constantly losing input data when I just want to scroll a bit farther down to the next screenful of the web page presentation.
So, my obvious question is that I would like to know form others what is the best all around web browser for multiple hand held mobile devices and tablets that is reliable?
Congratulations to my son, Maximilian Eliasz Peters, who became the Patrick Henry Geography Bee Champion last week in a school geography bee.
Max was an underdog going in, but boned-up on his geography enough to pull-off the victory and become the school champion. Unfortunately, I was not in attendance, as I had to work. Even his mother had to leave early, because she gives violin lessons and had one scheduled when the final round went a little longer than she was expecting. But grandma was there to watch her youngest grandson go on to victory.
We are so proud of our son, I cannot tell you. And he will never know how much, because if I patted him on the back any more we might bruise something. Although the entire family is proud of Max, we will never be able to communicate how proud because if we did he would wind-up with a swelled head. So we try to be a little cool about it with him. But it is hard.
Max never reads any of my blogs, though. So he will probably never notice this post of me bragging about him.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that my entire family has smart phones equipped with really good point-n-shoot cameras, it seems no one took a picture during the bee. So if anyone has one, please send it to me via Doug-Peters.com. I thank you in advance.
Max should be done with his state finals exam for the championship in Aberdeen, by now (he took that test today). I believe the top scoring 100 school champions will go.