As the internet shifts towards a new, seemingly boundless, horizon we are witnessing it become an even more information and software filled space, where the amount of real estate (domains) expands along with it, and every year the new, country code, and the classic Top-Level-Domains hold unique opportunities for you, your business, or friends and family to stake a claim in the future of the internet!
If you used the internet back when it began to popularize throughout the 90s, you most likely remember experiencing, when compared to today's standards, a rather slow and oftentimes frustrating experience, nor was it nearly as vast or influential, or even as able to be influenced, as it is today!
With the advent of stronger technologies for media development and marketing, internet and wireless processing, as well as general advancements in software we are able to do many things that would have taken many times the amount of effort, resources, and man-power to do even a decade ago. Most of the commonplace apps we use, netflix streaming, amazon purchase and then to your door in two days, or even certain features of this blog would be extremely difficult to produce or even unheard of back in the 90s!
We live in an age of information being relayed across the world in moments, of businesses operating entirely off the cloud and conducting all transactions and record-keeping online, an age of cell phones acting as personal computers and cars with rear-view cameras that can detect movement and display audio/visual through a small (color!) television on your dashboard or the back of a head-rest. I remember when color T.V. wasn't as mainstream as you'd think and, when VCRs weren't commonplace, when DVDs weren't a thing and MP3 was non-existent, although there were media formats available for audio recordings. 64 bits used to be the measurement for the hottest video games, not the baseline number-levels of an operating system.

The videogames of yesteryear often helped pave the pathway for tomorrow's complex security and building code structures!

There are certainly many positive things to be spoken of years gone by, those long-gone moments when you could enjoy the sound of a quiet evening deep in the heart of a city, because there wasn't the same electric hum and general bustle associated with such a free-flowing information network that is as constantly expanding as it is helpful to those same people working for it's continuous development. But even though we can see what was once standing, we must remember to continue to build or else there will be no new expansions for those to come, the nostalgia we enjoy will not be able to be duplicated by others because they will not have the same sense of identity, purpose, and drive we did, as we saw the future laid out before us and knew we had to create something more, something amazing, something that everyone could use everywhere to become better, both as beings and as architects.
We are the architects of the future, the authors of the web-book(s), we are all those people at work constructing the major pathways of the world, the grand structures which others will be able to enjoy and learn from, the pieces of the past that will remain to guide and help those who will come in the decades (or more) that are coming, so that they too can truly sit back and enjoy the work they've done, the metaphorical or literal structures they have built, or the moments they knew were irreplaceable, astounding, and usually beyond words. We must do all we can to lay the foundation, construct the roads, and erect the cities of the internet, to provide unique or simply informational landings for the travelers of the world's web to walk through, so that all who exist and who will exist can be the best, and perhaps most importantly, the most truly true to themselves that they can become by having all the possible advantages, disadvantages, responsibilities and benefits associated with such a vast wealth of knowledge.
I worry that currently the internet, while an almost immeasurably useful resource, is primarily being exploited for profit, mostly due to the random nature of buying and selling combined with the rather numerous associated costs (especially within the world's current economic structures) of maintaining and developing technology. If we, as the population of the planet, can all do our part to understand and help teach others about the intricacies of the internet then we can all expect to be able to benefit more while also having the ability to play a greater part in the evolution of the future; in this instance, I am specifically referring to what could be accomplished if more people knew about the ins-and-outs of buying or selling domain names, how to choose which builders to use for constructing websites, the art of when and where to trade a domain, and having the real interest of helping the internet become all that is imaginably possible, adding onto that, and then beyond :]

Which direction will the future of the internet help take you in?

So where do you fit?
First off, anyone can buy pretty much any domain, although some are restricted to certain entities or for private reasons (country of residence, government, business, personal or otherwise privately restricted), and once you have legitimately (it's important to stick only with registrars that are verified, legitimate, and legally compliant, do not be fooled by fake or overly restrictive registrars, which have shown they tend to not have the customer's best interests at heart) acquired a domain it will be registered to your account and available for your open-ended usage, becoming essentially a permanently rentable property for you that will cost only whatever the price for renewal of that particular TLD is at the registrar you keep it at; all domains are renewable (currently) up to a maximum of 10 years. With that in mind, you should consider that many domains are already taken, being used, or otherwise unavailable through traditional registration methods, although many of those same domains are available at aftermarket venues for sale, or even able to be purchased through contacting the owner by email, phone, or other methods, oftentimes achieved by locating them in the WhoIs database. Since you are able to shield yourself from contact on WhoIs, either by privatizing the information displayed, resolving the email through a spam forward, or other means, a lot of requests sent through this manner are legitimate and can end with a domain sale or purchase.
Have a look into good registrars, which are companies that purchase and keep record of different domains, on a variety of Top Level Domains, for registration and legal purposes. Many of them offer other services, such as website builders, aftermarket auctions, or website hosting, and depending on you and your experience it may be a good or bad idea to use the same registrar for multiple services because of privacy, practicality, or even personal reasons. I primarily tend to recommend NameCheap (affordable and quality hosting, amazing prices on new TLDs, often with some cool sales also going on, great customer service), GoDaddy (been around for a very long time and well-known for TV ads, has an auction place, sells many different TLDs and other services, has great customer service), Uniregistry (is established and trustworthy, has a simple and crisp interface that makes portfolio management very easy, and is international), and DynaDot (I have the least experience with them but they seem very user friendly and have good security options. I've used them mainly for International Domain Names, Emoji Domains, etc). They are each well-known companies, have been around a long (for some a VERY long) time, and each have demonstrated a genuine interest in being a good company, also matching a minimum level of security and options while balancing pricing and usability as well.
If you want to stay up-to-date on the prices for registering different Top Level Domains, information for and names of the companies that are offering current sales, general price-checking for hand registration of almost all TLDs, discounts and more then check out and bookmark it; because it updates frequently with everything from registration, renewal, and transfer costs at multiple registrars to domain registration availability checking and coupon codes.
So now that you are thinking of a place to register a domain, what to do with it?
...more to come :]

-Professor Domain

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