How Much Does a Domain Name Really Cost?

At Porkbun, we’ve always strived to provide industry-low pricing consistently and transparently. But domain industry pricing as a whole can be confusing. In this post, I’ll explain not only how the domain industry pricing model works, but how we provide exceptional value you can trust at Porkbun. 

We haven’t seen a post like this elsewhere from our friends in the domain industry, so we hope it’s informative. Contact us on social for any additional questions!

SPOILER

Renewal pricing. The most important consideration is to check renewal pricing when you’re buying a domain.

Porkbun has the lowest renewal prices on more of its supported TLDs than any other registrar.

Of course with every domain we provide first-class support as well as tons of free services, (Whois Privacy, SSL certificates) affordable hosting, and website tools. 

How Domain Industry Pricing Works

The domain industry is regulated: the registry is the wholesaler and the registrar is the retailer. 

For example, the registry for .com is a company you’ve perhaps never heard of, Verisign, which has the exclusive contract to manage all .com names. Your favorite registrar, Porkbun.com, sells .com domains to consumers, paying Verisign the price that it has set for each name and setting our own retail price. The difference between the registry’s wholesale price and the registrar’s retail price is the retail markup aka registrar profit (for .com, ours is often $0). 

First Year Discounts and Renewals

Since registries don’t have customers themselves (remember, they’re only allowed to do wholesale), they don’t have many ways to get consumer attention. They need to work with registrars, including the most exceptional registrar in any known dimension, Porkbun.com. 

Registries have one effective tool: first-year pricing. This is one of the few ways they can make their product shine and sparkle on registrar sites. Most registries offer first-year discounts, and the registrar passes on those discounts. That’s why you’ll see lots and lots of first-year sales when shopping for domains. 

Renewal discounts are generally not as common (due to industry regulation). So, if you’re buying a domain that you plan to use, build, or invest in, pay attention to the renewal price! That is the actual cost of the domain you’ll be paying every year. At Porkbun, we pass on first year discounts to our customers, and we also transparently show you the renewal price. We think this is the best way to save you money and allow you to make the right decision. Some domains are certainly worth the higher renewal pricing, just be aware of your options and consider your plans when making your decision!

Price Increases 

Most price increases are likely due to registry decisions and not registrar decisions. Different registries have different contracts but all pretty much have the ability to raise prices over time. Generally speaking, registrars also have the ability to raise prices but in our experience most price changes are a result of registry updates.

There are hundreds of domain options, and so while registry price increases remain relatively rare, they do happen. Verisign, the .com registry, recently raised prices and has won approval to do so over the next three years. It’s reasonable to believe that other registries that have similarly priced domains could adjust their prices upward as .com increases in value.

Our Approach at Porkbun

We currently, and historically, have sold .com, .net, .org domains at cost. That means at the cost we pay the registry + fees we need to cover, such as regulatory taxes and card processing fees, without any profit for ourselves.

We do this to stand out in a competitive market.

When we mark up other, standard domains, typically the most we do so is $1 + those fees. We often do less than $1.

Once again, we do this to stand out in a competitive market. We are successful and growing thanks to our growing base of customers, not  the markup we charge them, so tell your friends about us! 

We try to have the lowest registration price whenever we can. This often involves registry deals, some of which are not always offered to us. Since renewal pricing is more regulated with fewer secret deals, we almost always have the lowest renewal pricing. 

Add-ons

Another quick thing to consider is if you will be paying for WHOIS Privacy or SSL certificates for your domains. We offer those for free. We’re glad that free WHOIS Privacy is now more commonplace, but we were one of the first registrars to offer it. Why? Because it was always the right thing to do, even before privacy laws forced even the big registrars to get more creative in how they charge consumers for it.

More than Pricing

At Porkbun, we want to be affordable, but not cheap. 

We want to have incredible customer support, and we do every day of the year via phone, chat, and email. 

We want to offer cutting-edge products, and we have some of the most innovative offerings around, such as our free, easy wordpress. 

We want to have fun at work and with our customers, and, well, you saw the pig butt, right?  

It gets more confusing?!

I hope that clears up some of the mystery in our industry. I know many companies in the industry have made it intentionally hard to understand pricing practices, so we’re glad to try to level with you. But, nothing is simple in the domains industry. Here’s a few other oddball factors which can influence domain pricing. Tweet or message us if we can add more to this article!

  • Premium Names
    • Registries can designate names as premium names. Those names can have high registration and renewal pricing, or sometimes just a high registration price. They can be really high, enough to make you want to tap your screen and ask aloud, “really?” But sometimes, those short or highly desirable domain names make perfect sense for your business or project. Registrars tend to mark these up as a percentage rather than a dollar amount. That’s how we do it too, and it’s still a reliably low markup.  
  • Marketplace
    • A registrant, the person that already registered a domain, can sell the domain to another person. In this case, they set the price and make it available via a number of platforms made for this purpose, including the Porkbun Marketplace
  • “Free .com domain”, bundles, and more. 
    • We’re pretty sure a free lunch exists (interested in a timeshare?) We know that a free .com does not. In most cases, you’re getting a “free .com domain” because you bought an annual hosting package or some other hosting product that was expensive enough that the company selling it just rolled the .com domain into the price of purchase. As always, pay attention to the renewal costs — sometimes those free domains renew with a non-hidden additional charge! 
  • Country Codes
    • Think we explained this incredibly confusing, weird world of domains pretty darn well? Thanks! But BOOM, just like that, country-code top level domains — those ones that end in two letters like .us, .io, and .co— throw a wrench in it, because THEY HAVE NO RULES! Since they are national assets, they are not regulated like other domain companies. Any country can just make up pricing rules, and trust us, they do. 

Celebrate 6 Years of .Design with a Free Domain!

This month, .design is 6 years old!

We’re celebrating by offering designers, artists, and creatives a special opportunity to score a .design domain name FREE for the first year!

With this special offer, your .design domain name comes with all the extra goodies you expect from us, like free hosting and email trials, free email forwarding, free WHOIS privacy, free SSL security, and of course, expert support from your favorite team of Oinkers!

If you’re part of the design community, you know that smart presentation is crucial. Upgrading to a .design domain offers you a welcome opportunity to reinvigorate your digital portfolio or refresh your online branding. With .design, you can create a more brandable and memorable URL and email address. It’s a great way to assert yourself and improve your contact with customers, whether you’re a freelancer, web developer, or creative studio.

Even if you’re not a designer, the fact that you’re reading this now means you probably have friends in creative fields: freelance graphic designers, UX/UI designers, illustrators, interior designers… Whoever you’re thinking of, show your support for their passion or their career by sending them this link!

If you want to join the ranks of leading companies in the design industries, the first step is to join them in the .design online neighborhood. As more globally recognized companies migrate to .design, the more your domain will also be associated with legitimacy and professionalism. Check out the sites from these household names paving the way: medium.design, etrade.design, dropbox.design, slack.design, amazon.design, mozilla.design, adobe.design, indeed.design, automattic.design… the list goes on!

While the big brands may be impressive, it’s the CV sites created by individual designers that we find particularly exciting. For example, Katie Che has set up her personal CV website at katiechen.design. Katie is currently a product designer at Slack, and her previous experience includes Airbnb, design feedback service Red Pen, and online marketplace Zibbet. 

Design should not be exclusive.

“I strive to level the playing field for people to access opportunities and services through design and technology,” Katie says on the site. “Design should not be exclusive. I am a mentor for women and people of color in tech.” To that end, Katie has published a beautiful manifesto of her philosophy as a designer, collaborator, and ally. 

With .design domains, you too can elevate your work online and reach new career opportunities for your design career. Seize the day: register your new .design domain for FREE today!

7 Visually Compelling .Cloud Domain Names that Stand Out in the Digital-First Economy

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Over the past year we have seen digital innovation take center stage as we continue to transform into a digital-first economy. One of the popular domain extensions leading that digital race is .cloud. Is .cloud for startups? Yes. It is for household names? Yes. Is it for nephologists!? Obviously, yes!

Check out these 7 modern businesses using a .cloud domain name to highlight their innovation. 

Power.cloud 

powercloud is the energy industry’s leading platform for simplified processing and billing services. Say goodbye to inflexible and outdated IT and hello a new energy standard you won’t soon forget.

By combining the strong keyword such as “power” with the domain .cloud, the brand successfully created a pretty unforgettable domain name — one that sounds like a modern-day superhero and packs an energizing punch! POWERCLOUD! BLAM!

Blue.cloud

A global leader in cloud solutions with an exceptional focus on innovation, blue.cloud helps enterprises migrate to the cloud. They offer the full sweep of services to simplify, modernize, and digitalize businesses.

As far as domain names go, blue.cloud is short, memorable, and comes with a satisfying visual (a sweet little blue cloud drifting by simplifying all your operations). Plus, the color blue in the tech world has come to be associated with trust and intelligence. Think of all the leading tech brands you know well, there’s a good chance blue is at least part of their logo (and if not, just think of another so my point still stands). I could lead you down a lengthy road of reasons why brands often opt for blue, but I’ll leave that for another post.

All to say — blue.cloud is a noteworthy domain that hits all the industry marks with just two compelling words.

Screen.cloud

ScreenCloud provides digital signage for smart organizations. Makes sense right? Digital screens. ScreenCloud. We love to see it. Insider knowledge: screen.cloud was the first ever .cloud domain to go live back in 2015 as part of the .Cloud Registry’s pre-launch campaign.

Watching this early stage startup transform into a sustainable and global business shows just how far the right domain name can take you. They weren’t afraid to select a new top-level domain over a more traditional domain choice, and for them, it definitely paid off!

Alchemy.cloud

Alchemy is an enterprise SaaS company that develops software to help modernize the specialty chemicals industry. As a company that powers the digital lab of the future, a modern domain name was a must. 

Here’s another example of combining a powerful keyword with a tech-forward domain extension like .cloud to create a highly memorable domain name. As a company that accelerates digital transformation in the chemicals industry and is built on modern technology such as AI, Alchemy.cloud is equal parts magical and modern. Cue the bubbling beaker.

Reporting.cloud

ReportingCloud enables developers to create documents with simple HTTP requests. We love to see .cloud leveraged for the developer audience.

ReportingCloud is the brainchild of Text Control, a leading vendor of word processing and reporting components for Windows, web and mobile development technologies. As a SaaS product specializing in reporting and templates, it makes perfect sense to brand their product Reporting.cloud. Simple, straightforward, and highly effective — that’s what the best domain names are all about! 

Tldr.cloud 

This one is for all our internet-lingo-savvy folks (and Reddit aficionados). We had to include one objectively fun domain name into the lineup, and tldr.cloud was our top pick. 

For those unfamiliar with the acronym, “tl;dr” (with or without the semicolon) is internet speak for “too long; didn’t read,” used to signal a summary of the original lengthy post.

Tldr.cloud has morphed this Reddit-born concept into a browser extension that offers concise summaries of the day’s top news. Now that’s one domain name that just makes perfect sense.

tl;dr: Cool name for a cool site.

Golf.cloud 

Here’s another promising personal app that‘s currently in beta. Golf.cloud is your all-inclusive clubhouse for everything golf — including stats, analytics, coaching and news. That’s all we know for now! But we’ll definitely be keeping our eyes on this one. Did someone say, “Fore”!?

Your Domain for Digital Transformation

Whether you’re looking to start your own .cloud enterprise, or just browsing for general domain tips, hopefully you now know right where to start. That button below awaits 😉

9 of Our Favorite .Asia Domains

All May, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is dedicated to highlighting the cultures and influence of our AAPI communities. Connecting an entire region with one domain, .asia has become an online epicenter for businesses, organizations, and individuals to share and relate.

Take a look at some of our favorite .asia sites that run the industry gamut, from art and anime to community initiatives. Especially with a name like Porkbun, we would be remiss to overlook one of our favorite forms of connection, so you can bet we included a few food-focused sites in our top picks too.

art-it.asia

This site refers to itself as a Japanese-English contemporary art portal. Showcasing current exhibitions, art-it.asia is part gallery, part magazine, part resource center for artists to explore new works and share ideas. With its clean and elegant layout, do yourself a favor a take a moment to peruse!

animefestival.asia

Born in 2008, AFA is the largest and most followed Japanese pop culture event in Southeast Asia, and has since become a household name to enthusiasts throughout the region. Remember when we used to gather in crowds? AFA has a whole page dedicated to cataloging that history of events.

development.asia

Development Asia is collaborative platform for sharing expertise, best practices, and technologies relevant to addressing broader economic and societal issues. This site is a wealth of information and resources — even if you aren’t trying to solve the world’s biggest problems. 

happyhappyjoyjoy.asia

One of the top performing .asia sites, this Netherlands-based restaurant boasts colorful inventive plates that play on the classics, from dim sum to pad thai. Plus, upon entry to the site, you’re immediately greeted with Don’t Worry, Be Happy! And I for one welcome that level of saccharinity.

kaimook.asia

KaiMook.Asia

Based in Belgium, Kaimook is known for their authentic Thai cuisine with an emphasis on heat. Don’t mind me, I’ll just be here dreaming of Massaman curry.

marukyu.asia

Located in Singapore, Marukyu’s extensive menu offers Omakase courses, seasonal dishes, and a wide selection of bentos. Stunning plates on a clean site with simple navigation — I’ll make a reservation for now please.

Redirects

For those who already have an established .com, .asia domains still offer useful redirects. Take BuffaloWildWings.asia or Microsoft.asia for instance. Leading brands showing their global reach — ah the beauty of a well-used domain.

If we missed your favorite, @ us on Twitter. And a Happy AAPI Heritage month to all our neighbors!

Easy WordPress: Simplified Web Hosting for 50% Off

Ah, the wild world of web hosts! If you’re eager to publish your site, navigating hosting plans can seem a bit overwhelming. So we’ll keep it simple: try WordPress. WordPress hosting offers expert-level features in a beginner-friendly package, bundled with all the support you need to get started.

Right now, get your annual WordPress plan at 50% off!

A third of the web relies on WordPress, from hobby blogs to global news sites, and you most likely fall somewhere in between. We’ve built a dedicated WordPress hosting environment from the ground up, with security and performance as our top priorities. If you want WordPress, you want Easy WordPress — it’s in the name!

Choose your plan.

The right hosting plan ensures your site works quickly and securely. We’ve kept our options simple to ease your search. If you’re setting up a personal blog or portfolio site, our Starter Yearly Plan is for you. Bigger businesses expecting more site traffic or ecommerce capabilities? Pro Yearly it is!

Both plans include all the features you’ll need, plus a free 15-day trial:

Questions on how to get started? Check out our step-by-step guide.

You expect it. We deliver.

Whichever Easy WordPress plan you choose, you’re well-equipped with all of the following:

Super Simple Installation
Why complicate things for no reason? Get right to work with just one click.

Optimized for High Performance
Quick response times, speedy downloads, and fast updates. Like you, we’re big fans of instant gratification.

Intuitive Control Panel
Navigating an admin panel shouldn’t feel like rocket science. We’ve built an intuitive interface so you can get started quickly — no (de)coding required.

Enhanced Security with AWS Backend
Backed by the leader in cloud computing, trust that your content is securely stored and easily manageable.

Mind-Blowing Support
It’s our trademark for a reason! Questions? Concerns? Compliments perhaps? Bring ’em. Why go in alone, when you’ve got a hand at the ready, here to help.

Comprehensive Account Management
Simplify your accounts and manage all your website needs in one place. Need to change plans? No problem. Want to add another domain? Do it! Consolidate those logins and keep everything easily accessible under one perfectly pink roof.

When we say easy, we mean it. Get started with our biggest hosting sale yet. Try Easy WordPress FREE for 15 days, then 50% off for the full year.

It really is that simple.

Do business with the domain that means it: .inc

New year. New you. New business plan? Sounds like it’s about time for a new domain name to match. Built for business, but open to anyone, .inc domains offer instant credibility among an elite community of corporations and brands — think the black card of the Internet.

From now until February 12th, take 50% off your first year of .inc.

Comprehensive business solutions.

With just three widely recognized letters, .inc is the domain that quite literally means business — accompanied by all the professional perks you’d expect:

  • Instant Credibility
    Purchased by more than 51% of Forbes Most Valuable Brands, .inc stakes your place at the pro’s table. Graduate from that startup garage space to the main stage with a domain name your customers and clients know to trust. In this reliable, professional namespace, you’ll stand out from your competitors, proving you’re invested in your work.
  • Increased Security
    As a premium domain extension, .inc prioritizes security and aims to eliminate cybersquatting — empowering businesses like yours to purchase the domain you want, when you want it. Save time and money by avoiding pre-owned domains and private sellers entirely. Join major brands such as Nike, Facebook, Amazon, and American Express in protecting your brand with a .inc registration.
  • Great Availability
    We’ve all excitedly searched for our preferred domain, only to face that dreaded “unavailable” message. Rather than parse through less-than-ideal alternatives, with .inc, you’re far more likely to get your first choice upon that first try. While a .inc domain is an investment, if you’re looking to secure your exact brand name, it’s well worth the expense. Less pricey than other premium alternatives, .inc offers an extensive selection of available names, giving you ample opportunities to find your perfect match

Dream big, beyond business.

Contrary to popular belief, .inc domains are not limited to corporations alone. Anyone can register. And with those three easily memorable letters at your disposal, their possibilities are as wide as your imagination. Who says inc has to mean incorporated? Get creative with page titles and offer your visitors a bit of welcome wordplay… .inc/omparable or .inc/lusive or .inc/orrect. You could even celebrate your favorite mineral on z.inc. Oh the opportunities!

Whether you have a propensity for puns, or a brilliant business mind, the benefits of .inc extend beyond name recognition. 

  • Boost your branding.
    Use an exact match to your brand name for a domain that’s as easy to remember as it is to type. Startups like Exo.inc (formerly exo-imaging.com) and Air.inc (formerly aircamera.com) have both secured new rounds of funding since upgrading their domain to a perfect match.
  • Benefit from shorter domains.
    Use .inc to be more mobile-friendly, authoritative, and memorable — like Dental.inc (formerly IntegrativeDentalSpecialists.com) and FMG.inc (formerly FTRmedia.com), or one of our favorites, th.inc (formerly thinc.digital) — now that’s easy to remember!
  • Improve your SEO.
    Rank higher on results with a name search engines trust. Collab.inc ranks #1 in Google for “Collab” — above Collab.com. Fluency.inc ranks #1 for “Fluency Inc” — ahead of TryFluency.com and GoFluently.com.
  • Rank internationally.
    Unlike most country-specific domains, .inc ranks internationally in Google and carries the same weight as .com. SF.inc (formerly SF.com.tw) and Event.inc (formerly EventInc.de) no longer have the geographic search limitations from their prior country code extensions. 

Build your brand with .inc. 

Commit to your company. Get creative. And go big with the domain that’s dressed to impress. Grab this offer to secure your perfect match before it’s gone.

Get a Free .design Domain Name for Your Website!

It’s the season of giving, and Porkbun is offering designers, artists, and creatives the rare chance to score a .design domain name for free!

With this special offer, you get the .design domain name of your choice free for one year, plus tons of other exciting goodies like a free Weebly Site Builder trial, email hosting and free email forwarding, free WHOIS privacy, free SSL security, and free hosting options. Now that’s a big holiday bonus!

If you’re a designer, you understand the importance of smart presentation. This special, limited-time offer is the perfect opportunity for you to spruce up your digital portfolio or refresh your online branding. A .design domain allows you to create a more succinct, powerful, and memorable URL and email address. It’s a great way to assert yourself and improve your contact with customers, whether you’re a freelancer, web developer, or a creative studio — or maybe you just have extremely good taste in domains! 

Even if you’re not a designer, the fact you’re reading this now means you probably have designer friends in your life — the freelancers, the one’s with the endless side hustles, relentlessly asking for your input: “Pantone 2034C or 4059C?” “Does this filter look retro-enough?” “Should I keep the generic arrow curser or make it a slice of pizza?!” Share this offer with them to support your favorite independent web designer, UX and UI designer, architect, interior designer, or illustrator!

Joining industry leaders is your first step to becoming one yourself: the adoption of .design by globally recognized companies means that your domain will be in good company. Check out the amazing sites at spotify.design, adobe.design, npr.design, airbnb.design, cloudflare.design, amazon.design, dropbox.design… We could go on! 

But while the big brands may be impressive, it’s the sites from independent freelance designers that we find especially inspiring. For example, Steph Salileng is an illustrator and UX/UI designer with a sharp, minimalist site at stephdoes.design.

Her outstanding portfolio is made even better by the detailed explanations that accompany each project. Steph walks you through her process start-to-finish, sharing key insights that take you into the mind of a designer. Plus, with a domain this memorable, none of her contacts will forget that Steph does, indeed, do design! Now that’s our kind of branding.

Remember, this offer won’t last long, (but your domain will!) so seize the day and seize the deal! Register your free .design domain name today!

Domain Swag Alert!

Find the latest and greatest domain-branded gifts at Porkbun.shop.

Who needs a pick-me-up!? Get your fill of Bun-infused love now available in mug, apparel, and sticker form. Head to Porkbun.shop, or select “Porkbun Merchandise” from the products drop-down menu on Porkbun.com, and enter the glorious world of goodies that awaits.

Get a jumpstart on your holiday shopping and gift your loved ones a treasured piece of swag, featuring the world’s cutest logo. Or, take this as a welcome excuse to treat yourself — because this year, you definitely deserve it.

Up first in the swag collection: mugs.

We all have that one decades-old, coffee-stained souvenir mug from a family Yosemite trip that no one really remembers. We’re not telling you to throw it out… but I think we can all agree it’s about time for something fresh. Whether you need a new coffee vessel, desktop pencil holder, or miscellaneous organizer, we’ve got you covered with an ample selection of Buns and logos to welcome into your mug collection. (All jokes aside, coffee really does taste better in these. We think it’s the pink.)


Set on mugs? How’s your wardrobe looking these days?

If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that the almighty comfort of the T-shirt shall forever reign. Dress to impress (your couch), while dawning your favorite logo. Even better, throw on a snapback and start living large — the Porkbun way.


And last but not least… did someone say stickers!?

Obviously a Porkbun shop wouldn’t be complete without our famous stickers! Don’t worry, we’ll keep out sending out freebies as long as you keep asking for them, but if you’re longing for a little extra, order your favorites online. The perfect addition to any laptop, travel mug, bicycle helmet, notebook, random wall, or stop sign — Porkbun stickers are the timeless accessories you didn’t know you needed. Dream big, and decorate lavishly!


We’re currently updating our collections, so be sure to check back for the latest additions. As always, stay fresh, Bun Club. Oink!

.gay Launch Explained in GIFs

.Gay launches to the world on September 16th. There are so many exciting aspects of the new .gay domain extension, including industry-first policies that result in big donations to LGBTQ organizations and enforceable anti-hate policies. We could tell you all about this stuff, or we could let some sassy gay GIFs break it all down. Um, GIF please!

Also, if you’re reading before September 16, Porkbun is offering .gay pre-orders! Register or Preorder .gay now! If you’re reading in the future, hey, future you, what do you think of these new .gay internet overlords?


Yup, .gay is well, GAY! And when we say GAY, we mean, it’s an inclusive space that upholds LGBTQ people and causes and doesn’t follow the internet’s do-nothing status-quo when it comes to bullying and hate. Whether you identify as LGBTQ or allied, .gay stands with you! And at 3 characters — just like .com and .org — you can be sure that everyone will know a .gay URL means WELCOME TO THE GAY INTERNET. 

.Gay is the internet’s new pride flag. In the same way that a storefront may have a rainbow flag or sticker in the window, a .gay domain affirms the business or individual behind the site as a community member or ally. 

“Why get mad when you could be GLAAD?!” The .gay registry donates 20% of every new name registered (that’s revenue, not just profit!) to LGBTQ organizations. In its inaugural year, .gay has partnered with the preeminent GLAAD, which, yes, has been doing important work aimed at empowering LGBTQ people in media representation even before Taylor’s shout out. Equally important is .gay’s beneficiary partner CenterLink, which is an umbrella organization of over 250 LGBTQ community centers around the world. Each center is doing vital, life-saving work in their community, and CenterLink makes them stronger together. 

.Gay is going to take down domains associated with reported and verified anti-LGBTQ hate and harassment?! An anti-troll domain extension?! While .gay can’t change the whole internet (although we would if we could — please, gay overlords!), it has an industry-first policy that will allow it to suspend domains that are being used by hate groups or otherwise have hateful, anti-LGBTQ content. If it’s a chop, IT’S A CHOP!!

The .gay domain has already launched more than a hundred sites during its early access phases, ahead of the public launch. There are community centers, health resources, small businesses, celebrities, and even some big companies jumping on board. These use cases show that the .gay community will reflect the diversity of the world’s wider LGBTQ communities. One site stuck out to us: grindr.gay. (Plus it had a really nice GIF tie-in and if you’ve made it this far, then you deserve a sprinkle of mostly-safe-for-work sexy.) 

On September 16, the internet is getting a lot more gay, and it’s not going back, baby! Pre-order or register your .gay domain now with Porkbun and show off your LGBTQ pride in a new site, email address, bio link or more!

Why .cloud?

Digital Trends, Uses, and Strategies for Forward-Thinking Success

Welcome to the Digital World

As life and commerce embrace digital platforms faster than ever, it’s crucial to stay up to speed with modern online tools designed for innovation. No longer a luxury, cloud computing has become an imperative for long-term business success. None of this is news; we’ve all been living in the land of social distancing, ecommerce, TikTok obsessions, and infinite Zoom calls for months now. Big brands, budding startups, and enterprising individuals alike are making increasingly digital advances to stay in business, in touch, and well connected. 

As we’re forced to rethink the status quo of business and engagement, companies worldwide have flaunted their creativity with new means of connection. Couches and home offices have replaced company conference rooms. Students shift out of classrooms and onto screens. Financial institutions now rely on mobile and online banking solutions. Window shopping has taken on a new virtual connotation. Even concert stadiums have migrated to livestreamed living rooms.

Regardless of the industry, brands are rebuilding their businesses under one universal technology: cloud computing.

The Domain Name for Forward-Thinkers

That evolving term cloud has become a mainstay buzzword among shrewd brands and their users. Some of us are experts in cloud-based software, some of us understand the concept only in terms of our depleting phone storage, but the savviest of us instantly recognize the word cloud as a slick domain name for forward-thinking brands. 

Simply put, .cloud is the smart domain for modern business. No matter what lies ahead, the importance of distinguishing yourself online remains essential. While we’re all familiar with the instant recognizability of the “dot com” crowd, .cloud offers a reliable, creative alternative that differentiates your brand in ever-crowded marketplaces and helps you make your mark in the digital economy.

Distinguish Your Brand 

From small businesses and rising startups to well-founded enterprises, pioneering companies establish themselves with a modern domain name. A .cloud domain helps your brand:

  1. Embrace the future.

    Cloud is the foundation of modern technology and is at the forefront of future technologies. Make a powerful statement by putting the keyword cloud into your domain name.

  2. Highlight your innovation.

    Have you reinvented a product or modernized a service? Are you digitally transforming your industry? Highlight your brand with a .cloud domain.

  3. Clearly define what you do.

    For Cloud, SaaS and technology businesses, startups, developers and creative professionals, a .cloud domain clearly shows what service you provide.

  4. Build a connected business.

    There’s no better way to show that you are connected and future-oriented. Expand your reach with a .cloud domain.

Secure Your Premiums

This past May, .cloud released more than 100,000 premium domain names — succinct and catchy, highly sought-after names, essential for promising startups and digital launches. 

Take the words of Mou Mukherjee, .cloud’s Head of Registry Services,

“Our premium domain release includes many short and memorable domains such as atom.cloud, pix.cloud, vid.cloud, simply.cloud and financial.cloud. These prized domains could serve as an enterprise’s key brand asset.” 

Building.cloud and simple.cloud are some of those recently coveted premiums. Even more favored are short names with 3-4 characters, including one of our favorites from Porkbun — 420.cloud. There are still plenty more gems to discover! Start exploring .cloud’s premium domains today.

Embrace Your .cloud Future

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