Sep
21
2011

Web Hacks: The Good Kind of Hacking

Categories: Domain Hack

Are all the good website names taken?  Try being creative - step out-of-the-box - and away from a .com!  Domain hacks - or creative use of top-level-domains can open up a world of clever, relevant, short, easy to remember and available website addresses that will perfectly fit your business, group or blog.
Domain hacks are a big trend on the web right now. In fact, they have been since the early 1990’s. But they’re not as nefarious as you might think— they have nothing to do with stolen or hijacked information. Domain hacks are really just shortened domain names.
 
To understand this, remember that domain names actually consist of several different parts. Starting from the end, the “.com” is the top level, then the website name is the second level, and finally the “www.” is typically the final and third level of the domain. However, as you are no doubt aware, domain names do not necessarily have to end in “.com.”  Since the early 1980’s, other top level domains have existed, like “.net” and “.edu.” Creative website owners exploited these top level domain names be creating websites like “pla.net.”
 
But a few years ago, new top level domains were created.  These domains corresponded to country names around the world. These new top level domains were an instant source for creative domain hacks. Some of the more famous are “delicio.us” (the social networking site Delicious) and “goo.gl” (Google’s domain name shortening tool).  Countless others have sprung up as well.
 
Why are domain hacks becoming so popular? Aside from simply being a creative method for branding a memorable website, they also offer another advantage— they are shorter than other domains. In a typically “.com” domain, the top level extension tacks on an additional three letters, whereas with a domain hack, a website author can create a site with fewer letters. In our world of short attention spans and fast-paced changes, domain hacks are likely here to stay.
 
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