Probably not. In order to qualify for a .edu domain, you must be an accredited, four-year, degree-granting institution of higher learning (in other words, a 4-year college or university). And each institution may only register one .edu domain name. If you do meet these qualifications, you may register your .edu domain name directly with .
When domain names were introduces, the gTLDs com, net and org
were defined as follows:
From a marketing standpoint, securing a .com domain name over either of the other two (net or org) does seem preferable, if for no other reason than that people tend to think of "dot com" when they think web site.
If possible, get them both! Typing hyphens isn't instinctive for most fingers, and when you're giving your web address verbally to potential visitors it can get awfully tiring to keep mentioning the "hyphen" or "dash." On the other hand, hyphens separate the words, making the web address easier to read on printed material. If you can only get one, we suggest registering without the hyphens, as most people have come to expect domain names to be all in one word.
Once again, if possible, register both! It increases the number of ways that your visitors can find you. However, if you can't register both, then we propose the following guidelines. If your company is "1st National Corporation" or "Thousand Acre Wood" then registering your domain name with the digits instead of spelling out the numbers is fine. If your company is "Accountants for Honeybears" or "East to West Marketing" then it's probably better to spell out "for" and "to" rather than substituting "2" for "to."
I've tried every possible combination I can think of and every domain name that I want is taken. What can I do?Try playing around with different second level domains (the "mydomain" in mydomain.com") and see if you can't find something good in the com TLD. Some hints to keep in mind:
There are also a good number of domain name tools that will allow you to enter some major keywords for your site and will generate a number of possible domains based on your entry. Please see our Domain Tools section for more information.
ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has chosen ".biz," ".aero," ".name," ".coop", ".info", ".pro" and ".museum." as the new tlds. They announced this earlier in November. The new domains approved by the ICANN board are still subject to approval by the Department of Commerce. In all likelihood, the new domains won't be usable with any kind of web space until November of 2001 at the earliest. Please also see our recent article regarding the pre-registration of these new domains.