After recently becoming the 7th largest new generic top level domain and celebrating one year of .icu, we’d like to showcase some of the incredible .icu websites our end users have created to represent their brands online.
As of June 2019, there are over 900 000 registered .icu websites across the globe! To celebrate this support from registrars and end users, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite .icu live sites. Let’s take a look at how these forward-thinkers have used .icu to get their ideal domain name.
Caroline Malie is a fashion and lifestyle blogging site. From beauty and food to interior and travel, Caroline Malie’s inspiration will have you in awe.
This website is a great example of how using a .icu domain extension allows you more freedom to use your name – especially if your ideal domain name has already been taken on a classic domain extension.
Using a URL that includes keywords can improve your site’s search visibility. As a business, having a domain name that contains your targeted keyword gets results such as increased click-through rates and higher rankings on search engines.
The keyword “drone” is incredibly difficult to rank for, due to the competition around such a current interest.
For Drones News, having that keyword in their URL is a major benefit – another example of the possibilities with .icu websites.
This .icu website is an incredibly interesting one. 996 is a work schedule in China that consists of 60 working hours per week and has led to many employees being admitted into hospital due to burnout.
A particular user started a webpage called “996.icu” to create awareness around this shocking schedule, aiding the “Developers Lives Matter” movement.
An amazing example of our domain extension being used in an inspiring and clever way, resulting in over 20.5k shares across social media.
Beauty Makeup is another live site that is a great example of how using a .icu domain can help you get the exact name you want to represent your business online.
Selling beauty make up is a competitive business, but by using an ideal name as their URL, it has resulted in their online store ranking higher on search engines and tell customers exactly what they do.
This online business helps customers find airports and flights by searching by name, city, country or IATA code.
An extremely helpful site that addresses a very common need, Travel.icu made clever use of the .icu extension because they quite literally give users the opportunity to see exactly where they’re going.
There’s nothing more frustrating than doing all the hard work involved with starting a business and creating awareness around your new brand through word of mouth, only to find that your ideal domain name has been taken.
You’ve probably already registered your company name, right? So, what do you do now? Well, the last thing you want is a domain name that’s different from your company name.
What do you do if the domain name you want is already taken? We’ll take you through it step by step.
How do I know if the domain name I want is taken?
If you want to check if your ideal domain name is taken, start by typing the URL into the search bar of your preferred registrar. For example, visit name.com and search for a name they will tell you if the domain can be registered or not.
What do I do if my domain name is taken?
If your domain name is already taken, you have a few options.
1. Use your second-favourite option
If you’re starting a new business, then it means you’re starting a new brand. Hopefully, you’ve done the sensible thing and written a list of your favourite names? It’s generally good practice to check domain availability as well when deciding on your new business name. If you do have a list of potential names, move down to your second-favourite option.
Although a little disappointing, at least you’ll be able to avoid naming confusion or trying to buy the registered domain from someone which could prove very expensive.
If your second-choice name is also taken, then perhaps you should consider registering the one you want with a different domain extension.
2. Use a different extension
As of 2019, there were 142,558,419 registered .com domains. The chances of your second, third, or even fourth favorite option already being in use? Very likely.
You will find this true with a lot of domain extensions.
What are the most common domain extensions?
.com — This is usually used for big business and the commercial sector
.org — Usually associated with non-profit organizations and forums
.net — This is generally used for networks such as internet providers and technology
.co — Used for major companies and corporations
Having .com at the end of your domain name isn’t the be all, end all way to brand yourself online. Not only are many of them unavailable, but the .com domain extension is not the only credible extension anymore.
There are new domain extensions available that represent certain professions, movements, and industries. If you are creating a new brand within an existing company or launching a completely new venture, why not try out a more fitting extension that gives you the ability to really tailor your domain name to your business.
.icu is one of the new domain extensions that is associated with innovators, trailblazers, and modern ventures. By using a .icu domain, you are joining an international community of entrepreneurs and creatives who are doing great things in their own authentic way.
.icu is shorthand for “I See You,”. It is an extension designed to provide an easy, innovative, and universal alternative to traditional domains.
Our extension has over 100 registrars globally signed up to distribute the names to end users. .icu is also one of the top ten largest new domain extensions with more than 900,000 registrations!
3. Own your domain!
The bottom line is that you need to have your own domain name. You shouldn’t build your online presence on top of another service’s URL by using their platform to showcase your business.
For example, if your company’s name is Becca’s Pizza. You shouldn’t use a subdomain and let another company truly own your online brand name on another URL’s extension, for example, beccaspizza.shopify.com or facebook.com/beccaspizza. The additional services may be necessary for you to conduct business but this shouldn’t be your sole avenue for customers to find you online. Register your domain name and then direct people to online shopping carts, social media pages and more from your domain.
Ok, but why?
Social networks and e-commerce sites govern how your brand looks and functions. They have templates that you have to use, limiting the uniqueness of your design.
They can change services or raise rates at any given time – you have no control, if you don’t pay, you lose your site.
You have limited access to analytics, making it difficult to track insights into your audience, such as location, age, gender and more.
Your site could be removed without notice, and there’s not much you’ll be able to do about it. This is usually through violating their terms of service. Again, so many rules and regulations.
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Your personal website is about making a lasting first impression.
As you will have experienced many a time, people tend to ask whether you have a website and where they can find you online.
Whether you are hunting for new work or starting a new side project, most people will verify your offering by searching for your name online; deciding on your credibility by checking out your online presence.
Having ultimate control over what information you would like them to see is super important when it comes to shaping their perception of you. Having your own website means you govern this.
The more comprehensive and creative your site is, the more of an impact you’ll make with those looking to hire your services or purchase your product.
Additionally, if you set up your site correctly, you will reach more people in your target audience which means more connections and opportunities.
We’ll get into how to choose a domain name for your personal website in a bit, but first, let’s delve a little deeper into how having your own website will benefit you.
It’s the ultimate portfolio
In the digital age, people are more visual than ever, so the more you can show them what you do, the better.
Treating your website as your portfolio will help with building your personal brand and ultimately getting more business.
With your personal website, you can showcase exactly what sets your work apart from your peers and competitors.
This is particularly crucial for designers, artists, and those that work in the digital industry. A great website will give your prospective clients a sense of who you are, what you’re capable of and whether you are the one they should hire to execute their project.
By featuring some samples of your work, whether that be sites you’ve built, blogs you’ve written, galleries you’ve featured in, anything, your personal website is a digital portfolio of your online work and identity.
Your brand and work will always evolve. The beauty of showcasing this on your own personal website is that it can easily be updated and reshaped as you grow.
Your creativity shines through
With your very own personal website, you’ll be able to customize it completely. This includes everything from background photos and videos to fonts for the copywriting displayed.
Unlike social networking platforms such as Facebook and Instagram where you need to abide by their default layouts, your creativity will shine through which is a showcase of your flare and personality.
This gives the people looking for you a visual representation of who you are. It should be centered on your positive attributes, illustrating your experience and emphasizing your strengths.
You’re always available
With the internet allowing for international business, it’s imperative you’re always available.
By having your own website, anyone, from anywhere in the world can view your services and portfolio at any time of the day. This means that “business hours” won’t have any effect on you getting work or not.
It is always available to existing and potential clients – a 24hr platform that displays your credentials, client testimonials and expertise. Exciting times!
Now, let’s look at how you should go about choosing a domain name for your personal website.
Choosing a domain name for your personal website
Now that you understand the importance of having a personal website, let’s look at the three things to remember when choosing your domain name.
1. Don’t settle – Use your very own name
When creating your personal website, you should be able to use the name of your choice – preferably your own. The website is all about you and you should be able to register the exact name that you want.
The problem with domain extensions such as .com, .org, .co.uk or any other major extensions is that the likeliness of your desired domain already being taken is quite high.
Most of them have been around since before the turn of the millennium so unless you have a super unique name, we recommend using a new, but reliable domain extension.
2. The shorter the better
Even though you’re technically allowed to use up to 64 characters in your domain name, we suggest you don’t. Nobody has time for that – especially in a world where the average human scrolls through 100 meters of social media a day.
We’re all processing a lot of information every day and so your domain name should be short so that it’s easier to read and easier to remember.
3. Choose an appropriate domain extension
There are many domain extensions available, over 400 now to be precise. You need to choose one that is synonymous with your field and industry.
Like .org is closely associated with non-profits and .com with corporations, .icu is associated with creatives – people who are pushing boundaries.
There’s also a huge chance that you will be able to register the exact name that you want, which is the first step towards creating your personal brand. Why not choose a domain extension that is relevant to what you do and what you’re striving to be?
A personal website is vital for getting more business and building your own professional brand. With .icu, the possibilities are infinite.
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Ever heard of 996? Well, it’s a ruthless work schedule that many tech companies in China utilise – 9 am to 9 pm, six days a week.
Developers are fed up and as a result, it has spawned a colossal movement which is growing among software developers across China and the rest of the world. This comes after a user called “996icu” posted a copy of China’s labour laws on Github and named two e-commerce companies that practice the 996-work schedule.
Tech firms in China usually expect their employees to work long hours to prove their devotion to the cause. However, some young Chinese developers are realising that they need to fight for a healthier work-life balance for the sake of their own well-being.
Although developers in China have been questioning the moralities of 996 through regular discussion for some time now, a certain developer called 996icu posted a repo towards the end of March 2019 complaining that working 996 every week could result in people ending up in the “intensive care unit”.
As if a chord hadn’t already been struck in that statement, the user ended off by saying that “developers’ lives matter”, a reference to the activist movement Black Lives Matter and it has since exploded!
For real – It’s gone completely viral across the world
Enter our domain extension, .icu. This particular user started a webpage prior to this called “996.icu”, utilising our domain extension in an inspiring and incredibly smart way. After posting the statement on Github, where do you think traffic was then directed? The repo now has over 238k stars on Github and over 20.5k shares across social media.
It’s as if our domain extension was made specifically for the movement given the play on letters. It’s serendipitous, to say the least, because of what the movement and our domain extension symbolises.
.icu is a domain extension that represents those wanting to do something worthwhile and meaningful in this world and that’s exactly what 996icu has done.
“Serving a company that encourages the 996-work schedule usually means work for at least 60 hours a week,” wrote 996icu on Github and on their separate 996.icu website that was registered on the 18th of March 2019.
“According to the Labour Law, employees who follow the 996-work schedule deserve to be paid 2.275 times of their base salary. Unfortunately, people who work under 996 rarely get paid that much.”
Now, recent studies by AB are showing that “burnout” is the primary cause of 8 per cent of the 101 start-up failures it analysed in China.
On WeChat, China’s dominant social media platform, a developer by the name of Li posted on “Moments” (like “Stories” on Instagram), “Life or money, it’s a question. But you can’t get both at the same time.”
The movement has now been featured on sites such as:
These are just four of the many websites that have covered the “Developers’ Lives Matter” Movement. After the campaign went viral, many people have become extremely vocal about the 996 system which isn’t common in a place that typically suppresses independent thinking.
As a result, Github blocked the campaign.
In response to this though, 30 Microsoft colleagues have written an open letter to their advisors calling for the block to be lifted.
“We have to come together across national boundaries to ensure just working conditions for everyone around the globe,” states the letter.
As of late, Microsoft and Google have experienced mutiny from their American and UK workers with employees even quitting when they haven’t had their way.
This could prove to be detrimental because the campaign is gaining huge momentum which means Microsoft will have to choose between its Chinese operation and its “home employees”. Can you imagine what would happen then?
This is all because one user, 996icu had had enough and decided to call out this archaic, borderline abusive work culture.
We’re super proud that our domain extension is serving such a meaningful purpose and we fully support the “Developers’ Lives Matter” movement.
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Let’s start with a statistic. As of the end of 2018, there are approximately 339.8 million registered domains worldwide. That’s quite a lot, to say the least. Although a little overwhelming, it’s an accurate representation of how competitive the online space is.
As a start-up, your name has so much to do with your brand, your marketing, and in turn, your customer acquisition. It’s your identity.
Your start-up’s domain name is just as important because it is an extension of your online brand and it is how your customers remember you and find you online. Once you’ve chosen one, it is quite difficult to change, as you become known for this domain name.
So how do you stand out? What exactly makes for a great start-up domain name? Well firstly, it’s got to be relatively short, easy to type, and easy to remember, but it’s also got to be unique, relevant, meaningful, and memorable. It also needs to sum up who you are. As in, encapsulate your services or product.
Don’t let it intimidate you, it’s actually an exciting process – a step towards establishing your authenticity. Now, let’s break that down even more.
It must relate to your brand
Your domain name needs to reflect the name of your start-up. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it needs to be the full name of your start-up, especially if you have a long name.
Don’t overthink it, there should simply be a connection between the two. Because you may not have the massive brand recognition that companies like Apple.com or Amazon.com have, you should avoid any extreme changes from your start-up name to your domain name so that your customers or future audience can easily identify you.
This means avoiding acronyms that don’t make any sense. For instance, if you’re a freelance photographer going by the name of Selena Drummond Photography, registering a domain name like sdp.net, sdphotogrpahy.com. isn’t going to be your best option.
In this case, the value is in your name. Something like dummondphotos.net or selenadrummondimages.com would work better. That’s if you can even find any unregistered versions of your name on major domains such as .com or .net of course, but a little more on that later.
Make it unique and memorable
Your domain name doesn’t have to be super short as this can make the process more complicated, often leading to unrecognizable names and therefore confusing the heck out of your audience.
Your domain name needs to be unique and memorable. Even more so, it shouldn’t look like any other businesses name. Once you have found a name that you love, you should check to see that it doesn’t infringe on any trademarks.
Once you have done that, you then need to do an extensive search on Google to see that there aren’t any similar names out there. Again, this ties into ensuring your audience don’t get confused.
You ever heard of bounce rate? Well, search engines determine the value of the content on your website by how long people stay on your site. If you have a similar name to an already established business and users keep finding your site and leaving within seconds because it’s not what they were looking for, this will lower your ranking greatly and that’s the last thing you want.
By having a unique domain name, customers will be able to find you easily which is crucial seen as though the modern-day consumer is relatively impatient. You don’t want a potential customer losing interest because it’s difficult to find you – they’ll simply move on to something else. That’s the reality of the digital age.
Choose a suitable domain extension
Ok, so now that you’ve got a kickass domain name idea, picking your domain extension is the last and arguably most important step.
Let’s go back to that statistic. Out of those 339.8 million registered domain names, how many of them do you reckon are .com’s, .net’s or .org’s? Well, the same report states that the .com and .net domains had a combined total of approximately 149.7 million domain name registrations at the end of the second quarter of 2018.
Now, what do you think the chances are that your awesome domain name isn’t taken across those? (insert rolling tumbleweed gif here).
Choosing the right domain name extension is super important for building an authentic online identity. For your start-up, you should look beyond these traditional domain names.
Our domain name is for creators and innovators that want to escape the corporate image associated with traditional TLD’s like .com. In fact, by choosing .icu as your domain extension, you’re joining a global community of individuals who have taken the path less travelled – a global community of trailblazers seeking an authentic identity in a crowded world.
Still not convinced? We’re also number 8 on the top 30 best new domains list. Plus, the chances of you being able to register your ideal domain name is much higher. Our users are building great things using .icu domains. Take a look at how .icu is changing the world.
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Are you in the creative industry and looking to set up a website to showcase your skills? Wondering which domain extension is best for your creative business? In 2019, classic domain extensions are often saturated and searching for a name can be tedious and take forever. These traditional extensions are no longer your only option!
Whether you’re building a website for your personal brand, a new creative business idea or a site to monetize your creative talent, there are loads of new domain extensions for you to choose from.
One of the options is a .icu domain. Currently, .icu is one of the top 10 largest new domains globally, and we believe it is an ideal choice for people in the creative industry. Here’s why:
1. .icu domain offers more freedom and individuality
Have you ever tried searching for a domain, only to find that all variations of your personal name or dream business name are taken?
It is common that .com addresses are no longer available, limiting your options. By choosing .icu, you have more freedom and choice, with loads of premium names still available. As a creative in the process of building an online presence for yourself and establishing your personal brand, the value really is in your name, and you need a domain that supports that.
As a creative, your individuality is part of what makes you sellable. Having social media channels for your work is excellent, but when you have a matching domain, you immediately become more credible. By creating symmetry between your social channels and your website, all under the exact name that you want, you can truly showcase your work without your audience getting confused.
Plus, a customized domain name and website will also make you more discoverable as Google prioritizes sites over social profiles in search results. It is effortless to set up; all you’ll have to do is register a domain name and build or have someone create your website!
2. Think outside of the box with .icu
Regardless of the name you choose to the left of the dot, by using .icu as your domain extension, you’ll be cementing your brand as a creative one. Branding is essential in the online world and in the creative industry.
We see .icu as a stamp for the free, for the creators and for the innovators. When we see .icu, we see forward-thinking businesses and individuals who have stepped out of the traditional box and chosen a sleek, modern domain extension. By selecting a .icu domain, you’re adding this stamp of creativity to your domain and brand too.
3. .icu boasts a network of trailblazers
When you register a .icu domain name, you become part of a universal network of creatives, entrepreneurs and credible brands. We have a vast network of over of existing .icu sites that you will be joining – and it’s growing fast! Like you, these artistic individuals and creative business owners have taken the leap and decided to go out on their own, creating their own websites for their brands.
4. .icu is about you
.icu is shorthand for I SEE YOU. This is our bedrock, the reason we started this in the first place. To give awe-inspiring individuals the opportunity to present who they are to the world.
How do we achieve this?
Our three distinct letters give users the flexibility to choose the best name to the left of the dot. Three letter domain extensions are understood by consumers, easy to identify, and simple enough to remember. Giving the user the right to their name.
5. .icu is universal and limitless
Unlike certain geographical domain extensions, .icu is universal and globally relevant. In today’s digital era, your brand or business may be dealing with people from all over the world. You want to make sure your domain name supports this type of international virtual collaboration and work.
Unlike some other more specific domains made for individual creative professions such as art or photography, the .icu domain is not limiting and can be used by various types of creative professionals.
If you’re a creative looking to register a domain name that perfectly represents what you do, then .icu is a great option. Still unsure? Take a look at all the other creatives who have registered with us and check out their live sites.
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Using LinkedIn’s industry list we analyzed more than 100 industry types and are giving you the list of which ones are available in .icu!
There are tons of blogs, websites and channels about restaurants, printing companies, photographers, and graphic designers but what if you owned restaurants.icu, printing.icu photography.icu or graphicdesign.icu? It would give you instant recognition in your industry and make it that much easier for you to succeed at something you love!
Below is the industry .icu table with an industry name, corresponding .icu domain, and availability status. These results are accurate as of July 6th, 2018 and came from LinkedIn’s post.
In order to search for one of these domains you can use the search on https://nic.icu and you’ll be directed to a list of registrars or you can visit your preferred registrar and search there.
It is also worth noting that some of these are ‘Premium Domain Names’ this means that for the first year when you initially register a Premium Name, there is a higher than normal registration price. However, with .icu names that higher price is only on the first year of registration, each additional year of renewal will be at standard prices.
Exact match names like these are perfect if you are passionate about what you do and want to tell the world about it if you are a small business trying to get out from under a long non-descriptive domain or launching a new project!
Go change the world with a great .icu domain today!
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We did an analysis of the most popular 35 sports in the world to see which ones were still available for registration. Did you know that 33 of the top 35 are still available for registration?
Below you will see a table with the sport name, corresponding .icu domain and availability status. These results are accurate as of July 5th 2018.
In order to search for one of these domains you can use the search on https://nic.icu and you’ll be directed to a list of registrars or you can visit your preferred registrar and search there. It is also worth noting that some of these are ‘Premium Domain Names’ this means that for the first year when you initially register a Premium Name, there is a higher than normal registration price. However, with .icu names that higher price is only on the first year of registration, each additional year of renewal will be at standard prices.
These names are perfect if you are a blogger or enjoy playing one of these sports. Imagine showcasing your talents on an exact match .icu domain for the world to see!
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We did an analysis of the largest 50 cities in the world to see which ones were still available for registration. Did you know that 37 of the top 50 are still there for the taking?
Below you will see a table with the largest cities and if the corresponding .icu name is available. These results are accurate as of June 19th 2018.
In order to search for one of these cities .icu you can use the search on https://nic.icu and you’ll be directed to a list of registrars or you can visit your preferred registrar and search there. It is also worth noting that some of these are ‘Premium Domain Names’ this means that for the first year when you initially register a Premium Name, there is a higher than normal registration price. However, with .icu names that higher price is only on the first year of registration, each additional year of renewal will be at standard prices.
One of these names would be perfect if you are a startup or are blogging about food, hotels, entertainment or other local happenings in one of these cities. We would love to see what you can do with one of these available names!
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It has been two and a half weeks since .icu went live and was available for the general public to register domains. With the recent surge of interest in new crypto coins our team thought it would be interesting to see what crypto names, if any, were still available to register in our domain extension.
Below you will see a table with the names that are available in either their name or their three or four letter abbreviation. Surprisingly there are quite a few names available, while most of the larger ones are already registered there are tons of options if you are looking to start a news site about a coin, own that coin or have any other interest in the crypto world. These results are accurate as of June 15th 2018.
In order to search for one of these names you can use the search on https://nic.icu and you’ll be directed to a list of registrars or you can visit your preferred registrar and search there. It is also worth noting that some of these are ‘Premium Domain Names’ this means that for the first year when you initially register a Premium Name, there is a higher than normal registration price. However, with .icu names that higher price is only on the first year of registration, each additional year of renewal will be at standard prices.
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