Sounds like a huge shuffle of your network of sites, merging, AND change of URLs
It would actually be really easy to change them all at once on my end... I change one line in my variables.php, another in variables.lib, and one line in the .htaccess. The user can already go to foo.co/bar
if they want, so all I really have to do is park a new domain, change the $home variable, and remove the RewriteRule.
Doing it progressively would be a lot more complicated, though.
Personally, I am not fan of ".net", excepting if it has a meaning within the domain name itself. It sounds like a poor alternative to a .com
It's definitely not my first choice! But here's my dilemma.
The best choice for a domain for me would be a 4-letter .com, but this domain was purchased by someone in 1999 and (according to the Way Back Machine) they only used it for a year to promote a computer repair store. I've emailed the address in the WHOIS a thousand times with no reply, and there's nothing on the domain with contact info or about being for sale. And it's currently registered until 2020 with the last update being a few months ago, so it's apparent that the owner just plans to hold on to it until they die.
A few years back I bought the .co version (when Overstock.com was promoting O.co) in the hopes that it could be marketable, but it's really not. I ran a billboard using the .co, but had hundreds of calls from people saying that the site wasn't working... because they were typing in .com.
I've tried at least a dozen varieties (fooinc.com, foonetwork.com, foo.biz, etc), but nothing has quite stuck. I really
need that .com!
So the .net is by far not my first choice, but it's the best alternative without the .com being available. Unless the guy that owns the .com lets it become available in 2020, and I happen to be able to snatch it before a reseller can.
From a marketing perspective, it has the potential to increase my traffic and decrease my marketing expenses... but I was really hoping it would increase my ad value first so that it would pay for itself pretty quickly. Ad revenue has been so far down the last couple months that I'm barely keeping my head above water, and really can't afford the purchase "in the hopes" of saving money long term.