If you are one of the many thousands each year who set out to register a new domain for their new business or website idea, then you might have felt similar domain woes: finding the perfect .com domain can be frustrating and expensive. So what do you do if the .com domain you wanted to register is taken?
It has long been decided that .com domains are the king of web addresses, with .co.uk and .uk domains close behind. However, domains are a limited resource with a finite number of letter combinations available, especially when you consider that there are currently over 1 billion websites online.
Generic Top-Level Domains
Luckily, the eventual shortage of .com domains has led to a variety of web address endings, called gTLDs. These domains exist as helpful and legitimate alternatives to the .com you may not be able to claim. So, let’s take a look at the gTLDs you should consider if the .com you wanted is unavailable.
Note: You also have the option to make slight changes to the .com domain you were hoping to register. Our easy-to-use search tool helps you find similar domains that might meet your requirements. Start searching at UK2.NET.
Best alternatives to .com domains:
As the go-to domain for websites based in the United Kingdom, this second-level domain has served the UK well.
Next to .co.uk, the .uk TLD is quickly becoming a British favourite with more than 12 million .uk domains currently registered.
With almost 1.3 million .online domains currently registered, this gTLD is on its way to mainstream success as an excellent generic alternative to .com.
The .co domain extension is everything you are looking for in a domain, but with one-third less bulk than .com domains. Consider the .co TLD the diet .com version.
If you are looking for a domain that is more specific than .uk but also identifies your UK location, then a .london domain is exactly what you are looking for. Also, you may want to consider registering both the .uk and .london domain to protect your UK brand.
As an ecommerce favourite, the .store domain extension is perfect for anyone operating an online store, or even a brick and mortar location with an accompanying online retail portal. With 265,000 .store domains registered, you are bound to find the perfect .store domain.
The .website domain ending is almost as generic as the .com TLD, however, there are many more domain options available. Currently, there are only a little over 300,000 .website domains registered, meaning the odds of your domain being taken are very low.
Don’t forget about additional geographic options like .wales or .scot as well as industry-specific options like .photography or .design. From .tech to .company, you are bound to find the perfect domain name for your website, business, or blog. Thanks to ICANN (The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) the options for domain names are endless…