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Why .coop? Because the letters after the dot in your web address tell the world more about your business than anything else online. And first impressions matter. Are you a commercial business, an organisation, a network. A bar even? It’s all there in your domain suffix.
A .coop domain is the best way to tell the world about you. And it speaks volumes.
It says you’re part of a global movement of more than 750,000 cooperatives, with over 85 million members, which includes some of the world’s most successful businesses. That you put people first. That you are ethical and fair. That you’re great to do business with. That you’re not just another dotcom. That you’re a cooperative.
As soon as a .coop domain name is registered by a new registrant the verification process is initiated and the applicant receives an email by dotCoop asking them to provide confirmation or evidence that you are eligible for .coop registration.
The registrant will have two (2) days to respond to dotCoop with ONE of the following to determine their eligibility:
Please note that the .coop name/s registered by this registrant will be inactive until the registrant has been verified as eligible.
No. We are more than happy to offer domain registration services only.
Blacknight is a full-service domain registrar and hosting company, and for optimum convenience we recommend you use us as a one-stop shop! However, it is not necessary to have your domain registration and hosting with the same company.
The term ‘generic Top-Level Domains’ (gTLDs) describes long-established domains such as .COM, .NET, .ORG, and .BIZ, as well as hundreds of ‘new gTLDs’ which have appeared in recent years, such as .BLOG, .IRISH, .DESIGN or .ROCKS.
These types of domains are called ‘generic’ to distinguish them from ‘country-code TLDs’ (ccTLDs) such as .IE or .FR.
The main benefit to choosing a new gTLD (generic Top-Level Domain) such as .BLOG, is availability. The older long-established domains like .COM have millions of registered domain names, and it can be difficult to find a memorable, meaningful name which has not already been registered by someone else. The new gTLDs have opened up hundreds of new namespaces, with new opportunities for great domain names.
The second benefit of new gTLDs is that many of the new domain extensions are valuable keywords in their own right, and not merely a redundant suffix. A new gTLD is a more efficient. Compare BlueSuedeShoes.com with BlueSuede.shoes.
Yes, Google and other search engines rank new gTLDs the same way as the ‘old’ gTLDs.
The general rule is to make sure it’s relevant to the business, service or information you’re providing. So if you’re selling shoes, something like yourcompany.shoes would be a good start.
The question of whether to migrate an established website to a new domain is one that requires careful consideration and planning. If your website is established and you’ve put a lot of effort in promoting your current domain name then we would not advise you to suddenly switch your website to a new domain, irrespective of the TLD. You could start by simply redirecting the new TLD to your current domain name and move to the new TLD once a proper migration plan is in place.