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co.uk or .net
co.uk 84%  84%  [ 16 ]
net 16%  16%  [ 3 ]
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 10:57 pm 
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Interest to hear feedback on this.

The site was setup as retrobike.co.uk and initially publicised as such.

Have owned retrobike.net for a while.

Both retrobike.co.uk and retrobike.net can be used to access any page on the entire site.

So the question is should i stay true to the roots of the site and publicise the site as retrobike.co.uk. Does .co.uk make people think this is a UK specific site?
Or should I publicise the site as the non country specific retrobike.net.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2006 11:16 pm 
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co.uk all the way.

Its better than .net - simply because its more commonly known.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:33 am 
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.net means you couldn't afford either the .co.uk or .com :wink:

Who's got the .com incidentally? Just did a WHOIS but I think it's just parked with NetSol..?

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Domain Name: RETROBIKE.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: DNS3.NAMED.NET
Name Server: DNS2.NAMED.NET
Name Server: DNS1.NAMED.NET
Status: REGISTRAR-LOCK
EPP Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 09-Oct-2006
Creation Date: 18-Jan-1998
Expiration Date: 17-Jan-2007


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:47 am 
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kingroon wrote:
.net means you couldn't afford either the .co.uk or .com :wink:

Who's got the .com incidentally? Just did a WHOIS but I think it's just parked with NetSol..?

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Domain Name: RETROBIKE.COM
Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC.
Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com
Referral URL: http://www.networksolutions.com
Name Server: DNS3.NAMED.NET
Name Server: DNS2.NAMED.NET
Name Server: DNS1.NAMED.NET
Status: REGISTRAR-LOCK
EPP Status: clientTransferProhibited
Updated Date: 09-Oct-2006
Creation Date: 18-Jan-1998
Expiration Date: 17-Jan-2007


Dunno. Am aware of the 17th Jan deadline though... :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:44 am 
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.co.uk - call me blinkered but I like the fact that it's a very British-feeling site (in terms of general humour and feel), so it's nice that the url reflects that...


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:52 am 
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Yeah I like .co.uk, there are plenty of non-UK members which shows it isn't putting them off!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 12:53 pm 
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I've put retrobike.co.uk stickers on my bikes now !

besides, if you change it you would have to chuck any of the sticker sets or clobber you've had printed away wouldn't you :idea:


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2006 3:48 pm 
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you could always have it set up so that the SAME forums can be acessed from both URL's. that way when people do a google search, there is more of a chance for them to find us here :D

plus it just gets everything out there that much more. obvisouly, a .com would be ideal, but its taken.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:29 am 
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Thanks for the feedback on this chaps.

No intention of losing the retrobike.co.uk identity or domain name. May also start pushing as .net (or .com if I get it) to try and attrach a few more foreign users.

Guess .net isn't too popular. Anyone know how to register domains when the existing users 'lease' expires?

The site is currently setup so as you can reach from .co.uk or .net


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2006 12:34 am 
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It will only get decent search rankings through one name though - Id stick with "advertising" the co.uk one to maximise its rankings within google.


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