Does anyone know of any cheaper foreign tld's? I am comparing to godaddys sub $10/yr. The domain i want is taken for .com .net .org .us .uk etc... all the popular ones....i found .sr, but have yet to find a supporting registrar. Anyone have any other ideas? I already know new.net is the devil
How did you manage to work out that the domain you want is availlable under .sr? According to the IANA database there is no Whois server for .sr, so I'm intrigued as to how you managed to get this information.
I have just had a quick look at the .sr registry's web site. It says that domain names are availble for USD 35.00 per year plus a one-off processing fee of USD 25.00, but there is no information on how to register.
Lubeca, i don't think anyone is going to reclaim a ccTLD. If you have evidence showing otherwise I would like to see it. Once a ccTLD is given to a country I believe it would stay theirs permanently regardless of what people may market it as. ie. .ws.
First of all, yes, there have been numerous disputes over ccTLDs, and some of them have led to forced redelegations (.pn, for example).
Secondly, however - I wasn't really talking about ccTLDs being taken away from countries, I was questioning the stability of the kind of deals that have led to .la being marketed as "the TLD for Los Angeles" or .md as "the TLD for medical doctors" (and dare I mention the "uk.co as an alternative to .co.uk" fiasco???)
"LA for Los Angeles" happened once before (when the Laos government struck a deal with Melbourne IT back in 2000), the Laos government then decided it didn't like the deal and went back on it (leaving registrants high and dry), only to strike a new similar deal with someone else a couple of years later.
The Suriname government has now struck a deal with some guys in Florida to market .sr as "the domain for seniors". What guarantee is there that this will last any longer than the first .la deal? Suriname may want its ccTLD back for its own citizens one day - after all that's what it was meant for.
I would have no hesitation whatsoever to register a domain under (for example) .de or .lu or .at or .dk - these are all ccTLDs run from within their own country, primarily for the use of the Local Internet Community but open to registrants from abroad. However, I would steer clear of these ".LA for Los Angeles" type deals because I don't regard them as stable.