Choosing A Domain Name for Your Start-Up

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.

 

 

5 Reasons Why .icu Is The Perfect Domain For Creatives

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.

 

Tell the World What You Do Using an Industry .icu Domain!

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!

 

Industry NameDomain NameAvailable?
AccountingAccounting.icuYes
AdvertisingAdvertising.icuYes
AerospaceAerospace.icuYes
AlternativeMedicineAlternativeMedicine.icuYes
AnimationAnimation.icuYes
ApparelApparel.icuYes
ArchitectureArchitecture.icuYes
ArtsArts.icuYes
AutomotiveAutomotive.icuYes
AviationAviation.icuYes
BankingBanking.icuYes
BeveragesBeverages.icuYes
BiotechnologyBiotechnology.icuYes
BroadcastMediaBroadcastMedia.icuYes
BuildingMaterialsBuildingMaterials.icuYes
BusinessSuppliesBusinessSupplies.icuYes
CapitalMarketsCapitalMarkets.icuYes
CasinosCasinos.icuYes
ChemicalsChemicals.icuYes
CivicCivic.icuYes
CivilEngineeringCivilEngineering.icuNo
CommercialRealEstateCommercialRealEstate.icuYes
ComputerComputer.icuYes
ComputerGamesComputerGames.icuYes
ComputerHardwareComputerHardware.icuYes
ComputerNetworkingComputerNetworking.icuYes
ComputerSoftwareComputerSoftware.icuYes
ConstructionConstruction.icuYes
ConsumerElectronicsConsumerElectronics.icuYes
ConsumerGoodsConsumerGoods.icuYes
ConsumerServicesConsumerServices.icuYes
ContainersContainers.icuNo
CosmeticsCosmetics.icuYes
CraftsCrafts.icuYes
DairyDairy.icuYes
DefenseDefense.icuYes
DesignDesign.icuYes
DevelopmentDevelopment.icuYes
EditingEditing.icuYes
E-learningE-learning.icuYes
ElectricalElectrical.icuYes
EnergyEnergy.icuYes
EntertainmentEntertainment.icuYes
EnvironmentalServicesEnvironmentalServices.icuYes
EventsEvents.icuYes
ExportExport.icuYes
FacilitiesServicesFacilitiesServices.icuYes
FamilyServicesFamilyServices.icuYes
FarmingFarming.icuYes
FashionFashion.icuYes
FilmFilm.icuYes
FinancialServicesFinancialServices.icuYes
FineArtFineArt.icuYes
FisheryFishery.icuYes
FitnessFitness.icuNo
FoodFood.icuYes
FoodProductionFoodProduction.icuYes
ForestProductsForestProducts.icuYes
FreightDeliveryFreightDelivery.icuYes
FundraisingFundraising.icuYes
FurnitureFurniture.icuYes
GamblingGambling.icuYes
GovernmentAdministrationGovernmentAdministration.icuYes
GovernmentRelationsGovernmentRelations.icuYes
GraphicDesignGraphicDesign.icuYes
Health,WellnessHealth,Wellness.icuYes
HealthCareHealthCare.icuYes
HigherEducationHigherEducation.icuNo
HospitalHospital.icuNo
HospitalityHospitality.icuYes
HumanResourcesHumanResources.icuNo
ImportImport.icuYes
IndividualIndividual.icuYes
IndustrialAutomationIndustrialAutomation.icuYes
InformationServicesInformationServices.icuYes
InformationTechnologyInformationTechnology.icuYes
InstitutionsInstitutions.icuYes
InsuranceInsurance.icuNo
InternationalAffairsInternationalAffairs.icuYes
InternationalTradeInternationalTrade.icuYes
InternetInternet.icuNo
InvestigationsInvestigations.icuYes
InvestmentBanking/VentureInvestmentBanking/Venture.icuYes
InvestmentManagementInvestmentManagement.icuYes
JewelryJewelry.icuNo
JudiciaryJudiciary.icuYes
LawEnforcementLawEnforcement.icuYes
LawPracticeLawPractice.icuYes
LegalServicesLegalServices.icuYes
LegislativeOfficeLegislativeOffice.icuYes
LeisureLeisure.icuYes
LibrariesLibraries.icuYes
LocalizationLocalization.icuYes
LogisticsLogistics.icuYes
LuxuryGoodsLuxuryGoods.icuYes
MachineryMachinery.icuYes
ManagementConsultingManagementConsulting.icuYes
MaritimeMaritime.icuYes
MarketingMarketing.icuYes
MarketResearchMarketResearch.icuYes
MechanicalorIndustrialEngineeringMechanicalorIndustrialEngineering.icuYes
MediaProductionMediaProduction.icuYes
MedicalDeviceMedicalDevice.icuYes
MedicalPracticeMedicalPractice.icuYes
MentalHealthCareMentalHealthCare.icuYes
MetalsMetals.icuYes
MilitaryMilitary.icuYes
MiningMining.icuYes
MotionPicturesMotionPictures.icuYes
MuseumsMuseums.icuYes
MusicMusic.icuYes
NanotechnologyNanotechnology.icuYes
NetworkSecurityNetworkSecurity.icuYes
NewspapersNewspapers.icuYes
NonprofitOrganizationManagementNonprofitOrganizationManagement.icuYes
OffshoringOffshoring.icuYes
OilOil.icuYes
OnlinePublishingOnlinePublishing.icuYes
OutsourcingOutsourcing.icuYes
PackagingPackaging.icuYes
PaperPaper.icuYes
PerformingArtsPerformingArts.icuYes
PharmaceuticalsPharmaceuticals.icuYes
PhilanthropyPhilanthropy.icuYes
PhotographyPhotography.icuYes
PlanningPlanning.icuNo
PlasticsPlastics.icuYes
PoliticalOrganizationPoliticalOrganization.icuYes
PrimaryEducationPrimaryEducation.icuYes
PrintingPrinting.icuYes
ProfessionalTrainingProfessionalTraining.icuYes
ProgramDevelopmentProgramDevelopment.icuYes
PublicPolicyPublicPolicy.icuYes
PublicRelationsPublicRelations.icuYes
PublicSafetyPublicSafety.icuYes
PublishingPublishing.icuYes
RailroadRailroad.icuYes
RailroadManufactureRailroadManufacture.icuYes
RanchingRanching.icuYes
RealEstateRealEstate.icuNo
RecreationalRecreational.icuYes
RecruitingRecruiting.icuYes
ReligionReligion.icuYes
RenewablesRenewables.icuYes
ResearchResearch.icuYes
RestaurantsRestaurants.icuYes
RetailRetail.icuYes
SecondaryEducationSecondaryEducation.icuYes
SecuritySecurity.icuYes
SemiconductorsSemiconductors.icuYes
ServicesServices.icuNo
ShipbuildingShipbuilding.icuYes
SocialOrganizationSocialOrganization.icuYes
SpaceSpace.icuNo
SpiritsSpirits.icuYes
SportingGoodsSportingGoods.icuNo
SportsSports.icuYes
StaffingStaffing.icuYes
SupermarketsSupermarkets.icuYes
SupplyChainSupplyChain.icuYes
TelecommunicationsTelecommunications.icuYes
TextilesTextiles.icuYes
ThinkTanksThinkTanks.icuYes
TobaccoTobacco.icuYes
TranslationTranslation.icuYes
TransportationTransportation.icuNo
TravelTravel.icuNo
TruckingTrucking.icuYes
UtilitiesUtilities.icuNo
VentureCapitalVentureCapital.icuNo
VeterinaryVeterinary.icuYes
WarehousingWarehousing.icuYes
WholesaleWholesale.icuYes
WineWine.icuNo
WirelessWireless.icuYes
WritingWriting.icuYes

Most Of The Popular Sports .icu Names Are Available!

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!

 

Happy Searching!

 

SportDomain NameAvailable?
RugbyRugby.icuYes
DartsDarts.icuYes
TennisTennis.icuYes
SquashSquash.icuYes
BoxingBoxing.icuYes
CricketCricket.icuYes
CyclingCycling.icuYes
RunningRunning.icuYes
BowlingBowling.icuYes
FencingFencing.icuYes
SkatingSkating.icuYes
BaseballBaseball.icuYes
LacrosseLacrosse.icuYes
SoftballSoftball.icuYes
BadmintonBadminton.icuNo
WrestlingWrestling.icuYes
PaintballPaintball.icuYes
BasketballBasketball.icuYes
VolleyballVolleyball.icuYes
IceHockeyIceHockey.icuYes
CueSportsCueSports.icuYes
GymnasticsGymnastics.icuYes
MindSportsMindSports.icuYes
TableTennisTableTennis.icuYes
FieldHockeyFieldHockey.icuYes
MotorSportsMotorSports.icuYes
WaterSportsWaterSports.icuYes
MartialArtsMartialArts.icuYes
WinterSportsWinterSports.icuYes
TeamHandballTeamHandball.icuYes
SkateboardingSkateboarding.icuYes
AirSportsAirSports.icuYes
FootballFootball.icuNo
AdventureSportsAdventureSports.icuYes
WindsportsWindsports.icuYes

Which City .icu Names Are Still Available?

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!

 

Happy Hunting!

CityDomain NameAvailable?
ChongqingChongqing.icuYes
ShanghaiShanghai.icuYes
DelhiDelhi.icuYes
BeijingBeijing.icuNo
MumbaiMumbai.icuYes
DhakaDhaka.icuYes
LagosLagos.icuYes
ChengduChengdu.icuYes
KarachiKarachi.icuYes
GuangzhouGuangzhou.icuYes
IstanbulIstanbul.icuYes
TokyoTokyo.icuYes
TianjinTianjin.icuYes
MoscowMoscow.icuNo
São PauloSaoPaulo.icuYes
KinshasaKinshasa.icuYes
LahoreLahore.icuYes
CairoCairo.icuYes
SeoulSeoul.icuNo
JakartaJakarta.icuYes
WenzhouWenzhou.icuNo
Mexico CityMexicoCity.icuNo
LimaLima.icuYes
LondonLondon.icuYes
BangkokBangkok.icuYes
Xi'anXian.icuYes
BengaluruBengaluru.icuNo
ChennaiChennai.icuYes
New York CityNewYorkCity.icuYes
Ho Chi Minh CityHoChiMinhCity.icuYes
HyderabadHyderabad.icuYes
ShenzhenShenzhen.icuYes
SuzhouSuzhou.icuNo
NanjingNanjing.icuYes
DongguanDongguan.icuYes
TehranTehran.icuYes
QuanzhouQuanzhou.icuYes
ShenyangShenyang.icuYes
BogotáBogota.icuYes
Hong KongHongKong.icuNo
BaghdadBaghdad.icuYes
FuzhouFuzhou.icuNo
ChangshaChangsha.icuNo
WuhanWuhan.icuYes
HanoiHanoi.icuYes
Rio de JaneiroRiodeJaneiro.icuYes
QingdaoQingdao.icuYes
FoshanFoshan.icuNo

These Crypto .icu Domains Are Still Available!

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.

We visited (https://coinmarketcap.com/all/views/all/) to get the list of the top 100 Crypto Currencies based on market capitalization size as of June 15th 2018.

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.

Happy Registering!

Coin NameDomainAvailable?Coin ShorterDomainAvailable?
 TRON TRON.icuYesTRXTRX.icuYes
 NEO NEO.icuYesNEONEO.icuYes
 ICON ICON.icuYesICXICX.icuYes
 Nano Nano.icuYesNANONANO.icuYes
 Bitcoin Private BitcoinPrivate.icuYesBTCPBTCP.icuYes
 Waltonchain Waltonchain.icuYesWTCWTC.icuYes
 KuCoin Shares KuCoinShares.icuYesKCSKCS.icuYes
 IOST IOST.icuYesIOSTIOST.icuYes
 MonaCoin MonaCoin.icuYesMONAMONA.icuYes
 Bibox Token BiboxToken.icuYesBIXBIX.icuYes
 Ethos Ethos.icuYesETHOSETHOS.icuYes
 Gas Gas.icuYesGASGAS.icuYes
 Nxt Nxt.icuYesNXTNXT.icuYes
 Dropil Dropil.icuYesDROPDROP.icuYes
 Enigma Enigma.icuYesENGENG.icuYes
 Decentraland Decentraland.icuYesMANAMANA.icuYes
 Bitcoin Diamond BitcoinDiamond.icuyesBCDBCD.icuNo
 Maker Maker.icuYesMKRMKR.icuNo
 Cortex Cortex.icuYesCTXCCTXC.icuNo
 Mithril Mithril.icuYesMITHMITH.icuNo
 Stellar Stellar.icuNoXLMXLM.icuYes
 Monero Monero.icuNoXMRXMR.icuYes
 NEM NEM.icuNoXEMXEM.icuYes
 OmiseGO OmiseGO.icuNoOMGOMG.icuYes
 Zcash Zcash.icuNoZECZEC.icuYes
 Lisk Lisk.icuNoLSKLSK.icuYes
 Decred Decred.icuNoDCRDCR.icuYes
 Zilliqa Zilliqa.icuNoZILZIL.icuYes
 Bitcoin Gold BitcoinGold.icuNoBTGBTG.icuYes
 0x 0x.icuNoZRXZRX.icuYes
 Wanchain Wanchain.icuNoWANWAN.icuYes
 Dogecoin Dogecoin.icuNoDOGEDOGE.icuYes
 Golem Golem.icuNoGNTGNT.icuYes
 Stratis Stratis.icuNoSTRATSTRAT.icuYes
 DigiByte DigiByte.icuNoDGBDGB.icuYes
 Status Status.icuNoSNTSNT.icuYes
 Hshare Hshare.icuNoHSRHSR.icuYes
 Basic Attenti... BasicAttenti....icuNoBATBAT.icuYes
 Komodo Komodo.icuNoKMDKMD.icuYes
 aelf aelf.icuNoELFELF.icuYes
 Bancor Bancor.icuNoBNTBNT.icuYes
 CyberMiles CyberMiles.icuNoCMTCMT.icuYes
 MaidSafeCoin MaidSafeCoin.icuNoMAIDMAID.icuYes
 Loom Network LoomNetwork.icuNoLOOMLOOM.icuYes
 Fusion Fusion.icuNoFSNFSN.icuYes
 All Sports AllSports.icuNoSOCSOC.icuYes
 Polymath Polymath.icuNoPOLYPOLY.icuYes
 Skycoin Skycoin.icuNoSKYSKY.icuYes
 ZCoin ZCoin.icuNoXZCXZC.icuYes
 Emercoin Emercoin.icuNoEMCEMC.icuYes