In today’s world of Internet, who would not be familiar with “.com”. For example, lets consider the url stemjar.com which is currently in the address bar of your browser. “.com” is the world’s one of the most recognized top-level domains (TLDs). But have you ever thought of what the “.com” at the end of any website (or URL) refers to?
“.com” was introduced in 1985 and has ever since remained at the nucleus of the digital revolution. When a person comes across a .com address, he considers it as a vital website. However, it has no technical differences over other generic TLDs like .org, .biz, .info, etc.
History about .com
The domain name ‘com’ is derived from the word ‘commercial’ indicating the intent for domains registered by the commercial organizations. It is very common and widely used worldwide.
Before 15th March 1985, the Internet was a project for scientists and universities who used the network for research and communication. With time, more and more people and organizations got engaged in using the network. The situation turned challenging and chaotic and demanded essential organizing principles to control it.
Jon Postel with his colleagues at the University of South California’s Information Sciences Institute shouldered this responsibility. Postel, appointed as the editor of the request for comment (RFC) in 1969, shaped the internet with the help of his colleagues in the way we know today.
RFC 920 “on the requirements of establishing a new domain in the ARPA-internet and DARPA research community” was published in October 1984. This paved the path for the emergence of .com.
On 15th March 1985, the first .com was allocated to Symbolics, Inc (computer manufacturer) as Symbolics.com.
.com TLD is currently administered by Verisign. Verisign assures reliability, stability, and security of the domain. It allows the world to connect online from any place, at any time.
With the augmenting popularization and commercialization of the internet and the com domain, every aspect of our lives was undoubtedly affected and this increasing surge led to the dot-com bubble burst.
The “dot-com” bubble
The .com domain was mainly created with the view of the commercial intent of a website. But from the mid-1990s onwards, anyone could register com domains. Soon it became a very popular top-level domain, especially for email, website, and networking.
Various companies emerging during the period of the years 1995 to 2000 integrated the com suffix into their company names. This period is called the “dot-com bubble,” and these companies were known as “dot-com companies.”
Dot-com bubble is also known as “internet bubble,” “internet boom” or “dot-com boom.”
During this period, investors began investing in the dot-com companies assuming them to turn out into profit soon. But factors like focus on unnecessary metrics and use of high multipliers leading to unrealistic values led to the downfall, i.e., the dot-com bubble burst.
As a result, several companies faced the brunt of the situation involving severe losses of the investors, amounting approximately to $5 trillion. Many companies collapsed and failed miserably.
Few of them that survived the burst were Amazon, eBay, Google.
How do I get a .com website?
Have you ever wondered about getting your .com website? Well, I am sure that being an enthusiastic internet user of modern times, you have undoubtedly witnessed this curiosity.
At first, you require the domain name (the name you wish to give your website) and get it registered with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
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You will require either a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for the domain. This is a necessity by most of the domain name providers that allow you to get the domain name immediately.
Having a web host account is necessary for your website to have a home. Get the primary and secondary nameservers from the web host. Use this information to “point your domain name to the website” after the domain is bought.
Do not worry if you don’t have a web host. Usually most registrars automatically “park your domain name” at a temporary website which is specially set up for you and if not, on asking them it will be done.
This helps in securing the domain name until you finish setting up other features for your site.
When you are ready with the domain name and web host, you should proceed to the web designing stage. You can do it alone if you have knowledge about it or hire a designer to help you out.
Many free and commercial web editors like BlueGriffon (an open source editor for Windows, Mac OS and Linux), Microsoft Web Expression (Windows), DreamWeaver, etc are also vailable.
Do not forget to test your websites through the entire web design phase. Test on major browsers like Internet Explorer 11, Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and also on your mobiles to ensure its functioning for a visitor.
If required, validate your code to assure that your website functions in the future versions of different web browsers.
Lastly, you need to send the web address of your site to the search engines when it’s ready. For Bing, visit their site submission page. For Google, sign up for a Search Console account for the submission.
What are some of the notable domain name registrars?
While we were discussing how you can earn your .com website, I mentioned about getting your domain name registered. Did it strike you what domain name registrars are suitable and trustworthy for this?
Well, domain name registrars officially permit you to register your website domain name. It ensures that the name is unique and nobody else possesses it.
The general registrars allow you to select any TLD which is available while buying a domain name. Usually, these can be purchased cheaply. However, some highly sought domain names are sold at enormous prices.
Some domain name registrars which will provide you with a .com website are as follows:
- Google Domains
- 1&1 Internet
Why is .com one of the most preferred domain name extensions?
Just like .com, there are several other TLDs which can be chosen for the domain name extension. Like .com, TLDs like .net and .org are also not confined for any particular person or organization but are open to anyone.
Then, why everyone mostly opts for .com extension before going for others?
There are some notable features of a .com extension. Let’s see.
.com is said to have maximum recall of all domain name extensions. It is also very popular and easily relatable for people familiar with the web. A site with less common extension may not have as much credibility as it will have with a .com extension.
Suppose you have a site “sample.com.” Even if only “sample” is entered into the browser’s address bar, most of the browsers opt to check for the .com extension by default. This is why instead of popping an error message, visitors successfully reach the website.
Easy to locate
Suppose you run a business and your customers are acquainted with your business name but, either they have forgotten or are not familiar with your domain name. In the quest to figure it out, they are most likely to search it online with a .com extension.
Typically, people do not imagine other extensions like .org, .biz, etc. at one go.
If you ever wish to sell a domain name bought by you in future, you will receive the best price with a .com extension.
By now, you know that having a good domain name is the first and foremost step in creating your online presence. It can make you or break you. Dotcom is the most popular and widely used domain name extension. It is not limited to any specific person or organization but is open to anyone.
It is a top-level domain and very much preferable. Seeing a .com website, people perceive it to be very serious and important. A feeling of trust for that website automatically arises in the viewer’s mind.
However, other domain names except dot com must not be neglected or considered useless due to the extreme popularity of dot-com extension.