The .io domain is the extension assigned to the British Indian Ocean Territory. While the domain is technically a ccTLD (country code top-level domain), Google regards the extension more as a gTLD (generic top-level domain) due to its popularity among startup companies. In truth, there are more domains registered under the .io extension which have to do with technology, or otherwise, than there are domains that have to do with the British Indian Ocean Territory. The first non Government domain registered under the .io extension was Levi Strauss & Co’s levi.co.
You should register a .io domain because the extension is still relatively new and you have a better chance of getting a single word .io domain over a multi-word .com domain, for example. If your new website is for a product or company that is technology-oriented, the .io domain fits right in line with tech branding. The .io domain is also quite memorable due to its short nature.
The .io domain is perfect if you are creating a website that has to do with computers, technology, or really, anything you want. While I/O may be associated with computers, perhaps your initials are the same as IO and you want to run a personal blog on the extension. Consider the short nature of the domain as well. If your existing website needs an additional domain for CDN or caching, consider the .io extension due to it’s brevity.
Don’t get complicated. An easy-to-remember domain is always best.
Stay true to your brand. Be distinct but choose a domain your audience will recognize.
Don’t wait until it’s too late. That perfect domain could be gone by tomorrow if you don’t grab it now.
Just because the internet is high-tech doesn’t mean your domain name should be.
Grab similar domain names to protect your brand: .net, .org, .co, or even .photo.
The .io ccTLD is quite popular with tech-savvy startups who come up with clever names for their companies. Additionally, .io domains are quite recognizable as the domain extension itself is still relatively new which gives new registrants a greater chance at getting the most memorable domain name possible.
The .io domain extension is a great alternative to the .com domain. It’s as good as any other domain extension out there. Google treats the extension as equally as the older, more established domains like .com or .net which means you have as much chance to reach the front page of Google’s search engine results pages as other domains.
You can register a .io domain by visiting our Domains page and using the search at the top to find your desired .io domain. Once you’ve found it, you’ll be able to register your domain with ChemiCloud and manage it using our state-of-the-art control panel. We typically offer 1,2,3 or 5 years for domain name registrations.