Designer-SpecificOkay, there aren’t too many TLDs made specifically for the web designer. In fact, for all of the various titles that we designers have given ourselves over the years, it seems a bit weird that there’s no such thing as “.UIninja”. But that’s probably a good thing. .design is probably the most specifically designer-appropriate TLD. There may be some competition for these domains, though. Interior designers, architects, product designers, set designers, and more will probably be interested. .graphics is only barely relevant. Basically, if most of your job on the Internet revolves around making graphics, this works. Otherwise, I’d not pick this one. .media is one I’d use if I were at an agency that offered web design as just one service among several. .art is one I generally wouldn’t use for a web designer or web design agency. I still contend that design and art are overlapping but nonetheless separate disciplines and should be kept that way. However, if your business focuses a lot on the overlapping areas of the two disciplines—for example, if you have a special focus on art direction in your web design—this TLD might be appropriate after all.
Developer-SpecificNow what about our dear friends, the developers? If you’d rather stare at code for the rest of time than ever touch an image editor, these are the TLDs for you! .engineer and .engineering are perhaps a bit generic, and you’ll be competing with some non-software-engineers for these, probably. Still, if you want to embrace the title of software engineer, there are few better ways. .software is a bit on the nose, sure. But if the shoe fits, might as well wear it with pride. .systems, .tech, .technology, and .tools are pretty darned generic, but you might find that one of these fits your business better than others. For example, if you write software for both mobile and web applications, a more general TLD could very well work for you.
Oddly SpecificNow we come to the domains for very, very specific kinds of web design and web content. .host is pretty obviously for hosting websites. Enough said, really. .review, .music, .audio, and .video are just some of the TLDs available for quite specific forms of content. Just grab the one that fits your project best, I guess. .search basically only works if you build search engines. And I guess it works if you spend a lot of time searching for stuff offline, too.
Generic But Fits the ThemeHere’s a quick list of other TLDs that are web-related, but not at all limited to the fields of web design or development. If I’m honest, I wouldn’t use most of these myself. It’s purely personal opinion, mind you: they just feel soooo ’90s.
- .click (I know. Seriously.)
Location-Specific TLDsIt should be mentioned that pretty much every country, large region of land, and major city you can think of is in some way represented as a TLD. From .africa to .yokohama, there are always more region-specific domains to be bought. If you plan on limiting your web services to a specific region, you might consider grabbing one of these.
General BusinessLastly, we have a variety of general new-ish TLDs for businesses of all kinds, with an emphasis on those you might want to use as a designer or developer. Personally, I actually quite like .works, especially when you pair it with a designer’s name. The truth is, I saw someone else do it on their site, and I pretty much immediately did it for my own. I thought it was just that clever.
Ezequiel Bruni is a web/UX designer, blogger, and aspiring photographer living in Mexico. When he’s not up to his finely-chiselled ears in wire-frames and front-end code, or ranting about the same, he indulges in beer, pizza, fantasy novels, and stand-up comedy.