So you want to start your own wiki? That’s great. Hopefully the first step you took was securing a great domain. Of course a .wiki domain would be a natural choice when creating a wiki. Once you do acquire that perfect domain there are a few options, which we will go into detail about below. However; first you will need to decide what kind of wiki you will want to operate. There are not a ton of quality wiki platforms out there so I’ll list and explain a bit about the more popular ones.
A domain name has at least two parts, the top-level domain (.com, .org, .edu, .design), and the second-level (amazon, google, craigslist). In the example Amazon.com, “Amazon” is the second-level and .com is the top level.
What the heck is a third level then?
A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the last part of a domain name, such as .com, .net, .edu. Very recently, many new TLDs have become available, including options such as .design, .basketball, .ink and .dentist. Each TLD is run by a company called a “registry” and with all the new TLDs there are lots of new registries. Registries are allowed to set pricing for names sold within their TLD and thus, there is now a wide variety of pricing. Below is an explanation of some of the different pricing strategies:
Ever looked at the Internet (complete with memes, cat pictures, websites, and domains names) and wondered “how is this possible” or “who is running the show?” The answer, at least in part, is ICANN. Continue reading