Sorry I know thats a losey title for this thread, but i really didn't know what to put LOL.
As I was looking for a domain name for my site I found the domain name I want which is a .org extension since my site is non-profit, my problem is that someone owns the .com extension, however it has been parked for a year or so and not being used. I know you should get all top 3 tld's but I wasn't able to on this domain so I got the .net and .org extension and will use the .org one. Now my question is if this person who owns the .com extension starts a site do I have to worry about any problems. I also searched to see if there is any product or not related to my domain that is tradmarked or even for sale and found none. I don't know who owns the domain in question, its private but parked.
thanx upfront for any replies on this
[edited by: Webwork at 4:36 am (utc) on Nov. 13, 2007]
You could check the .com extension in the Wayback Machine to see if there is any history of use, just in case it has been used for 'bad' purposes. It's a good idea to do that with all the extensions. If any of them have a bad history it would be a good idea to consider another domain name.
You can also search for the complete url. Sometimes 'bad' sites get mentioned in forums.
There is also the possibility that someone has registered the .com because he/she is using another extension, e.g., .co.uk.
Another point is that .com is often used for non-commercial sites and is the most commonly used extension. .org and .net are very specific. Are you really an organisation or involved in networks?
We are not an organization as of yet but the site is 100% non profit and after hosting and other expenses all money contributed to the site from donations and ad revenue will go to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy or other Appalachian Trail organization as voted by donating members quarterly. I'm going to apply for the 501c and do all the legal stuff to have it as a non-profit organization in the future. The site is very new right now. The domain name I am using right now has conflict of interest with another site. So I purchased a new domain name with .net and .org which I will activate this weekend. I just don't want to have a similar issue again.
Thanx for you comment Harry and I never thought about the Wayback idea, great one.
To whom ever runs this place I love the spell check.