Should You Register Alternative TLDs?

Very often domain registrars will provide the up-sell option of alternative TLD’s for a domain. It can be unclear whether one should register alternative TLDs. Are they actually a smart investment, or just an up-sell? Today, we are going to investigate, considering search engine optimization, consumer confusion and branding, and the prices for each TLD.

Search Engine Optimization

In terms of SEO, .com generally rules above all other domain names TLD’s. Google has openly admitted that owning the .net, and .org does not affect SEO for the .com. This, however, assumes that there are no links back to the .com from the .net and .org domains.

Brand Confusion

Registering a .com, .net, or .org can be useful to stop others from registering the domain, especially if you have a popular brand. If you have trademarked your brand, trademarks will win out over domain registrations. In other words, if someone has registered your trademark as a domain, you can sue for the domain name. Of course, this is a legal headache that no one would want anyway.

Prices to Register Alternative TLDs

Many domain registrars will bundle other TLD’s as a special promotion during checkout, so you won’t have to pay the normal retail rate. For $25, we got the .net, .org, and .info for HostMyBytes, which were all registered at GoDaddy.

In conclusion, registering alternative TLD’s may save you from a future headache, but it isn’t always necessary. Alternative TLD’s are great, but they’re just that–alternative–so use and purchase remembering such.

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Why Do I Need an SSL Certificate?

The almighty SSL certificate serves as a digital signature, ensuring that the information exchanged between two computers is both encrypted and secure. An SSL certificate is obviously necessary for sites collecting payment information, but what about other sites like blogs, company websites, or wikis? The truth of the matter is that SSL is an algorithm that is here to stay.

SSL Certificates Help SEO

Google recently announced that support for HTTPS is a factor used for determining website rankings. In other words, having an SSL certificate will help your website rank better.  Having support for HTTPs is not a major factor, but it might just be that extra, “oomph” needed to outrank your competitors.

SSLs Promote Buyer Trust

Today more than ever are buyers aware of security when making online purchases. When buyers connect via HTTPs, they will see a green bar and know that their connection is secure, alleviating concerns that buyers may have about purchasing.

SSLs Protect from Phishing and Pharming

Phishing and pharming are terms used to describe fake websites designed to appear as another site and collect financial information. Set up by scammers, phishing and pharming attacks are huge problems today. By ordering and purchasing an SSL certificate, clients can be sure that they are connected to the right website.

SSLs Include Verification Badges

Verification badges provide customers with even further trust and have been shown to increase conversions significantly. Studies show that the addition of an SSL badge can increase sales by up to 42%–talk about a return on a $2.99 investment!

SSLs Help Achieve PCI Compliance

PCI compliance is required for any site that directly handles payment card information. If a website handles credit cards directly (i.e. does not forward to PayPal or a similar gateway), it must be PCI complaint. In order for a website to achieve PCI compliance, it must force SSL connections, which require a certificate.