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Thinking about changing the .org in our address

Post by .Luke on Sat Jul 28, 2012 6:32 am

I dunno, I'm still sitting on the fence about this one. Just recently learned some things about domain names, and now I feel like changing it. We're not exactly an organization, and .org comes off as a bit generic either way from what I understand. (Appearances aren't everything, I know, but it's not like they don't matter either.) Maybe ".us" or something like that would be more appropriate?

Of course, I wouldn't just change it out of the blue. Every place where I have posted links to Shantae Fans Portal Forums will be ammended with the new address, and all active members informed through email, if necessary. Although if I can, I might just find a way to redirect old links to the new, because that would be less disruptive for everyone.

So if it changes, that's going to be a big deal, and I'll likely avoid editing it a second time unless absolutely necessary. Any suggestions on a better address overall (Such as "shantaefansportal.forumotion.us") while we're at it are more than welcome!
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Post by Paragon-Yoshi on Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:27 am

Yeah, I also would've gone for "shantaefanforums.forumotion.com" or something similar.
Since "tsfp" is so inexpressive.

So I think it'd be a good idea.
Might help us to find more members that way. Smile
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Post by .Luke on Sat Jul 28, 2012 5:28 pm

I'm liking "shantaefanforums", it seems a lot easier to retain than the acronym, while also not being the whole mouthful of a name I decided on for these boards. =P Not sure about ".com" though. Com is usually reserved for commerce or commercial sites, not just to make it sound official or something like that. (Which the iCarly TV show does for their fictional "web show". Boo on the writers for making the characters ignorantly roll their eyes at .org addresses for somehow being less significant than .com!) Since we're mostly promoting fan-made media, which can't and shouldn't be sold, ever, ".com" might come off as false-advertising.

Also, I posted a tweet about this on our Twitter account, so hopefully we'll get some more feedback on the URL. I'm still unsure what should replace the .org in our address at this point, but more than likely, it will represent the name of the country this site is founded in. (.us) Regardless, I'm open to suggestions if anyone has a better idea! ^^
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Post by .Luke on Thu Aug 02, 2012 5:54 pm

So I'm guessing everyone's okay with "shantaefanforums.forumotion.us"? Nobody has said anything against it, so I can only assume it's fine.

Also, it seems we're stuck with ".org", the admin panel isn't providing an option to change that part of the address. So if I can't find a good domain-forwarding service (Still wrapping my head around the stuff I'm finding on Google at the moment.) to give us a more appealing address, I might just stick with it and only change the beginning.
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Post by Paragon-Yoshi on Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:15 pm

I will try to contact the others and see what they think about it.

Personally, I'd say GO FOR IT!
But it seems that you take the endings (.org, .com, etc.) a little too seriously, no? ^^;
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Post by .Luke on Sat Aug 04, 2012 1:03 am

I'm vain like that, I'll admit. =P

Anyway, I'm busy revisiting an older fan art piece right now, so I'll go through the process of changing the URL tomorrow if I can't settle on a free service to provide an alternate redirect URL for our forums. (The thing is, I'm a little hesitant to directly change our actual address simply because Google will have to reindex our entire message board again, but the sooner this is taken care of, the less hassle it will be in the future.)
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Post by .Luke on Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:25 pm

Slight update on this one! I'm considering going with the Dot TK redirectory service, so Google won't have to reindex us, and at the same time, we get a more appropriate url that's easier to retain. ("http://shantaefanforums.tk/") All you guys would have to change your bookmarks!

So, good idea or bad idea? =P
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Post by Paragon-Yoshi on Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:17 am

Stop asking and go for it! D:
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Post by .Luke on Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:36 am

Okay, I did it. XD All I have to do is remember to renew it once a year, like in the last 15 days before it expires, and we can keep it. ^^

http://shantaefanforums.tk/ is now working! You can edit your bookmarks to reflect it, and/or use it as a fancier url to share with other people or put it in your signatures.
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Post by Paragon-Yoshi on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:05 am

Hmm, both domains work. :O

But either way, nice work. Extra Smile
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Post by .Luke on Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:02 pm

Well, it's like I said before, it's a fancy redirectory link. XD That way the old address still works where it was posted elsewhere originally, and the new one can be used for advertising/promotions or forum signatures on other boards in the future. An old sub-community I used to go tried Dot TK before and it was great for them, so I figured I'd give it a whirl here. =P
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