I signed up for the Ohio Vax-A-Million vaccine lottery at ohiovaxamillion.com, even though the site and domain registration seemed a little suspicious.Continue reading post "#3417"
I bought a short domain name in part so I could have a short email address that was easy to share. Unfortunately, I’m finding it to sometimes confuse people or require more effort than expected to spell out.Continue reading post "#3314"
Seems like domain registrars strip off “www.” from the beginning of domains when searching, even when trying it as a second level domain.Continue reading post "#3294"
I transferred this site’s domain (tobymackenzie.com) from Dreamhost to Porkbun.Continue reading post "Domain transferred"
As if Amazon was celebrating my recent purchase of the domain <macn.me>, which reminded me of Mac and Me, they added the movie to Amazon Prime this month.Continue reading post "#2684"
I finally made it happen: I bought a short “vanity” domain. Two, in fact: <macn.me> and <tobm.me>.Continue reading post "Short-domains bought"
Last night, I decided to finally take the plunge and buy a short vanity domain I had been considering for several years (2b1.me), only to find it had been purchased just 48 hours beforehand, at the very registrar I was planning to use (Porkbun).Continue reading post "#2656"
I think I am going to let my .us domains expire due to the lack of whois privacy.Continue reading post "#2177"
I paid for email service for the first time. Fastmail is getting rid of their ‘Guest’ (ie free) accounts.Continue reading post "Paid email"
Finding short TLD’s
I’ve been looking for a short domain to potentially use for permashortlinks. For a domain to be usefully short, it must have both a short TLD and short SLD. Having three characters each would make for seven total characters (including the period) for the domain. Much more than that and it starts to lose its usefulness. There are no one character TLD‘s (though they’d be great for permashortlinks). Two character TLD‘s are reserved for country codes. I’m a bit reluctant to use a code for a country I don’t live in, and the one I do disallows whois privacy. I’m a bit reluctant to decide that my address, phone number and email address will be “perma”nently available for all to see (assuming I keep the permanent promise of of permashortlinks). So three characters have been where I’ve been doing most of my looking.
There are a number of good lists of available TLD‘s. Indiewebcamp has a list of options with a brief blurb on their fitness and possible problems. It only has country code domains though. United Domains has a list with current TLD‘s and their prices plus soon to be available TLD‘s. It has a page for each with some information about the TLD and marketing-speak thoughts on uses. Name.com has a list with per-TLD pages as well that are often more brief. It’s hard to parse these lists to find just the short ones though.
I found two plain-text lists of TLD‘s (IANA’s and publicsuffix’s), which got me to thinking that I could parse these to find just the ones with three characters. I wrote a script in PHP and modified it to handle any number of characters. It looks like:Continue reading post "Finding short TLD’s"