Domains in them thar West Virginian hills

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It’s been nearly 10 years since my wife and I had the opportunity to venture east, visting the scenic natural beauty of them thar hills and mountains of West Virginia.

Ten years ago, we excitedly watched our friends take the plunge into marriage. Fast forward a decade later, 6 kids in between our families, and a timely football game between West Virginia Mountaineers and the Longhorns of University of Texas at Austin.

Austin-based Brands Increasingly Choose New Domain Extensions

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Each month I’m amazed to discover a small, but growing number of Austin-based companies branding domains using new top-level extensions — the good, bad, and ugly.

Rummaging through the last 6 editions of the Community Impact Newsletter (CIN )for Northwest Austin, I’ve discovered breweries, pet shops, fitness brands, summer camps, and entertainment venues among the early adopters. 

If you can’t beat .com, join .us!

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With almost 400 million domains registered worldwide, there is no shortage of decent domain name registrations, especially with 1400+ new domain extensions to choose from and a speculation of more to hit the market beyond 2020.

There are approximately 145 million .com domains (~35%) registered worldwide. Most people will likely guess .net and .org to be respectively 2nd and 3rd in line behind .com, accounting for 5-10% of .com registrations. But believe it or not, both extensions are respectively 5th and 7th.

The general internet population, especially within the United States, is likely to be amazed that a majority of domains registered throughout the world are ccTLD domainscountry code top-level domains.

Why .church is likely to succeed in the end…

ntldstats.com for .church domain extension
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In a recent podcast episode, I explored a number of arguments for and against non-profit organizations investing in domain names.

While there are a growing number of religious and charitable foundations in existence, churches are uniquely positioned, in my humble opinion, to make the most of new domain extensions.

Now before you get all in your feelings about .com versus new domain extensions, give me a moment to objectively explain.

Growing a church using multiple domains and extensions

Elevation Church - This is church. Anywhere.
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While the 100+ degree temperatures here in Texas says otherwise, summer is nearing an end as kids head back to school.

The House of Brown certainly had a jam packed summer of trips to the Typhoon Texas, Fort Worth Zoo, Disney World in Florida, and Asheville, North Carolina.

In between all the fun and memories made, I managed to capture a few interesting domain names being used, especially domain names used by churches.

Is that a .forum web address?

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It’s that time of year where “Summer Fever” is beginning to set in as we transition from Spring.

At the same time, April showers have brought May flowers as well as NBA Playoff games.

Just the other night, I happened to have the TV on as background noise as the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks Game 2 was nearing the end.

As I happened to glance up from solving a challenging coding issue, I thought my eyes were deceiving me when I noticed what looked to be a new domain extension being advertising on the Bucks hardwood floor. Could it be true?

Austin Startup Community in Full Force Next Week

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A few hours ago, I received the “last call” email for what is sure to be a jam-packed week of events showing the Austin Startup Community: AustinStartupWeek.com.

Going into its 8th year, Austin is rolling out its red carpet to locals and visitors interested in its booming startup scene.

Camel-Case Domains, Comic Con, and UT Football

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This past weekend was a busy weekend for the House of Brown, and as always, the City of Austin.

As I do every other Saturday, I met with a group of gents from the Executive Leadership Council at Rudy’s.

Unfortunately, due to the down pour of rain at 6am, the meeting consisted of myself and another close friend.

This was good because he and I really needed to catch up with life, work, church and everything else over a few breakfast tacos.

As our time came to a close, knowing I must rush home to post the daily expired domain auction listings, I discovered the Austin Convention Center was hosting the annual Coming Con as read the poster via Rudy’s Bulletin Board.

My latest customer visit to San Diego

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I’m coming in hot off a business trip to San Diego today, having arrived in San Diego a little after noon Sunday.

Visit SanDiego.org | San Diego, California

While it was a much needed break from the brutal Texas heat, I didn’t get to do much sightseeing as I would have liked.

It was airport to hotel, hotel to customer site for all day meetings and back to hotel, and from hotel to airport.

In addition, I didn’t rent a car, so about the only domains I captured were thanks to “ubering” to and fro.

Domains and Northwest Austin Exploding with Microbreweries

Northwest Austin Exploding with Microbreweries
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Little did I realize the number of microbreweries that are sprouting and propagating the Northwest Austin corridor near The Domain.

It wasn’t until my wife and I were most recently invited to attend a graduation party from a person with our church’s community group.

As we drove to the location of the graduation party, I couldn’t help but notice microbreweries lining the streets of Metric over by Metric and Kramer in Northeast Austin.

One after the next, each microbrewery appear to specialize in its own delightful niche of homegrown brew.

When we finally arrived at our destination, 4th Tap Brewing Cooperative, I was kindly greeted with two different domains that had nothing to do with the brewery or party.

In fact, I struggled a bit to understand both domains and their respective uses.