DEV Community πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Cover image for What are your tips on choosing domain name? .dev or .com?
CodeBucks
CodeBucks

Posted on

What are your tips on choosing domain name? .dev or .com?

Recently, I have been developing one website related to developers and already decided one name for it. So I went on the domain provider and search for that name but the .com domain is way much pricey🀯 (around $2500 USD) because it says that it is a premiumπŸ˜ͺ domain.

Now the problem is that the people are habituated with the .com domain. There are plenty of domain names such as .net, .dev, .tech and I think the .dev is more suitable for the website since it is related to developers. Then one more question comes in mind about the future of the .dev domain.

So, What are your tips on choosing domain names when you stuck in situation like this? What should you do? Do you keep the .dev or change the website's name and use the .com? Does domain name really matters?

Top comments (14)

Collapse
 
cloutierjo profile image
cloutierjo

Marketingwise, I'd say choose whatever make sense they all work the same. Some domain have restriction, mainly country one.

Outside of that if you intend to be sending email from that domain, it might be useful to dig a little bit more. I know that our domain is in .buzz and we have done issues with spam filter that we believe come from that. In any case I'm sure we would be able to sort it out if we do the required effort.

Collapse
 
codebucks profile image
CodeBucks

Hey, ThanksπŸ₯‚ for your response.
Yes, I have to consider domain name regarding sending emails.

Collapse
 
theaccordance profile image
Joe Mainwaring • Edited on

In terms of a marketing presence - the .com tld is the gold standard. You can have any other domain of course, but if you're dependent on your target market finding your website, .com is what's most intuitive.

Outside of that use case, things are more flexible. How I've approached using different tlds:

  • .io => I've used this for products before but these days I tend to use the tld at an org for internally-facing applications and services. I will host things like Metabase (business intelligence), internal status page, IT, or tools other departments are using.
  • .dev => Given how new this tld was, I was able to pick up my last name mainwaring.dev for my personal sandbox. As an organization, I now use .dev domains for engineering services like deployments of feature branches, testing environments, and cloud dev environments (coder/codespaces).
  • .app => So far I've only used this tld to play defense; as a brand, you tend to buy up domains to prevent spoofing/phishing and ransom squatting, but I intend to use this tld for future products as the production instance of the service.
  • Regional/Country tlds (.eu, .us, .ca, .uk, etc) => When you start scaling into other regions, the architecture of your application may require a separate instance to comply with country or regional regulations. I haven't implemented this strategy yet but it's been a recurring conversation given how many data waivers I've had to sign for my European customers. Important note: Some of these tlds have residency requirements, you/your org may be required to have a physical presence. I encountered this trying to secure .eu, but thankfully I had just acquired a company with a European office.
  • .space => So I don't really have a specific purpose for this one, rather I capitalized on pairing the noun tld, picking up knowhere.space, a reference to the fictional space station from Marvel's Guardian's of the Galaxy.
Collapse
 
codebucks profile image
CodeBucks

Hey, Thanks for your detailed reply. This will help me to choose domain for different reasons.

Collapse
 
cicirello profile image
Vincent A. Cicirello

Since your website is related to developers, I think .dev should be fine. Developers most certainly see that top level domain often enough. It seems to be getting popular for developer portfolio sites.

Collapse
 
codebucks profile image
CodeBucks

Yes for portfolio sites it's good choice, as long as .dev can be globally adopted then there'll be no issue.

Collapse
 
cicirello profile image
Vincent A. Cicirello

It's not just a good choice for developer portfolio sites. It is good for anything developer related. Here are a few example sites that use it: mdn.dev, web.dev, opensource.dev, agile.dev

Collapse
 
crowdozer profile image
crowdozer

Have you tried a .io domain?

Many people 30 and under are warmed up to them, since that's where a lot of cool tools/games/ai is launched.

Collapse
 
codebucks profile image
CodeBucks

Yes I thought about it but I think .io domain has complex history and low trust ratings. Also mainly it is used by gaming and start-ups.

Collapse
 
jtenos profile image
Joe Enos

I forget where, but I had a couple sites refuse my .dev email address saying it was invalid. I’m sure they’ll catch up with the tech eventually but it’s annoying in the meantime, and is why I gave up.

Collapse
 
codebucks profile image
CodeBucks

Yes that's actually my main concern. Sometimes because of the domain your email might become the problem.

Collapse
 
acidop profile image
Acid

If the website is related to development then .dev is a good choice.

Collapse
 
codebucks profile image
CodeBucks

Alright. Thanks for your response 🍻

Collapse
 
cirospaciari profile image
Ciro Spaciari

Hey 😍

Want to help the DEV Community feel more like a community?

Head over to the Welcome Thread and greet some new community members!

It only takes a minute of your time, and goes a long way!