.co the new .Com ?
Hostingireland are now offering the .co tld for domain registration. The .co Domain is being touted as the new .com. Whether or not that is the case is up for debate. However since launch, the first 15 minutes saw 90,000 .co domain names being picked up. After only 3 days over 280,000 domain names had been registered and the current count (at time of writing) is 349,910.
.Co domains are available to register by anyone and there are no restrications applied. The .co registry describes the .co domain as
Associated globally with the words “COmpany,” “COrporation” and “COmmerce” – the .CO domain is easy to recognize, simple to remember and flexible to use. And that makes it the perfect platform for today’s socially networked individuals, entrepreneurs and companies to create .COmmunities, share .COntent, and .COnnect, .COmmunicate and .COllaborate.
An interesting question is how Google will view the .co domain name and more importantly how it will be ranked in the world pages search results. Nobody is sure at the moment, but it is speculated that Google, while slightly favouring the country specific tld in that country’s search results, doesn’t negatively rate tlds that aren’t the global tlds ie (.com .org .net) etc…
If your interested in learning more about the .co domain name, and checking if your name is available, then take a look at our .co domain registration page.