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The .ws TLD for web services… pass it on

, 11 Sep 2012 CPOL
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An alternate (more practical?) use for the .ws top-level domain.

Does anyone disagree that the availability of .ws domains is pointless?

Perhaps in an attempt to generate revenues like Italy (.it), Tuvalu (.tv), Montenegro (.md), and Tonga (.to) did, Samoa (formerly Western Samoa) made available this ccTLD for general registration (that is, residency is not a requirement). Global Domains International Ltd. represents the TLD on behalf of Samoa and markets it as Your Internet Address for Life, essentially an all-purpose alternative to .com.

I'm of the opinion that the last thing the world needs is another one-TLD-for-all-your-needs. However, for the last five years I have been registering .ws domains for the purpose of web services. It's a nice way to distinguish websites-for-people from webservices-for-computers. You can even create subdomains for types of services, such as schema.example.ws, soap.example.ws, wsdl.example.ws, rest.example.ws, etc.

All the cool kids are doing it. Pass it on... it might even help out a country where the GDP per capita is about 1/10th of Canada or the U.S.A.

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Yvan Rodrigues
Systems Engineer Clearpath Robotics
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Yvan Rodrigues has 25 years of experience in information systems and software development for the industry. He is Senior Systems Developer at Clearpath Robotics

He is a Certified Technician (C.Tech.), a professional designation granted by the Institute of Engineering Technology of Ontario (IETO).

Yvan draws on experience as owner of Red Cell Innovation Inc., Mabel's Labels Inc. as Manager of Systems and Development, and the University of Waterloo as Information Systems Manager.

Yvan supports open-source software. He is a committer for SharpKit (C# to Javascript cross-compiler) and WebIssues (Issue/Ticket Management System), TinyMCE (JavaScript editor), and contributes to MySQL, Ghostscript, iTextSharp, Bacula, FreeBSD, and Xamarin.

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