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Old 12th March 2006, 04:27 PM
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Hi all,

My .02 on the big question: If the business has a distinctly Chinese emphasis/flavor, then go with .cn, otherwise .com is just fine. All major sites in China are .com or .net and I believe those sites will stay primarily that way after the popularization of .idn. China is a unique marketplace. The mainland, Taiwan, HongKong, overseas Chinese all have a sizable online and business presence in the world, for a website to do well it has to take care of all markets. .cn is too regional IMO. Plus it costs 4x to reg a .cn vs .com. In short, I prefer.com.

There's another big plus for all extensions. In Chinese there's no plural form for nouns, and there is no tense for verbs, so the names are quite scarce. And it's just a matter of time before China has the largest number of web users. These idns are serious $$$ I believe.

I'm from China and have been in US and Canada for the last 10 years. I now work full time for my online business in Ontario Canada. I've registered >300 names and will probably reg >1000 this year. I'm thinking of starting a site about Chinese idns (not a forum, idnforums is great!), or even a holding company for idns, I've exceeded my budget already.

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Re: .cn or .com

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Hi all,

My .02 on the big question: If the business has a distinctly Chinese emphasis/flavor, then go with .cn, otherwise .com is just fine. All major sites in China are .com or .net and I believe those sites will stay primarily that way after the popularization of .idn. China is a unique marketplace. The mainland, Taiwan, HongKong, overseas Chinese all have a sizable online and business presence in the world, for a website to do well it has to take care of all markets. .cn is too regional IMO. Plus it costs 4x to reg a .cn vs .com. In short, I prefer.com.

There's another big plus for all extensions. In Chinese there's no plural form for nouns, and there is no tense for verbs, so the names are quite scarce. And it's just a matter of time before China has the largest number of web users. These idns are serious $$$ I believe.

I'm from China and have been in US and Canada for the last 10 years. I now work full time for my online business in Ontario Canada. I've registered >300 names and will probably reg >1000 this year. I'm thinking of starting a site about Chinese idns (not a forum, idnforums is great!), or even a holding company for idns, I've exceeded my budget already.
I have seen alot of .cn's in chinese
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Re: .cn or .com

I have a feeling this question has been and will be debated for many years to come. I also think it's just too early to tell. On one side, you have a .cn, which is already working in China and is mapped to the .IDN structure. On another hand, with the DNAME proposal, the majority of companies will be using .com because given the choice, I'd want my online business to be administered by ICANN rather than Chinese authority.
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Quite so. Even to the native Chinese, CNNIC needs to prove that it can be trusted.
But otherwise, it won the first-inning.
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Re: .cn or .com

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I'm from China and have been in US and Canada for the last 10 years. I now work full time for my online business in Ontario Canada. I've registered >300 names and will probably reg >1000 this year. I'm thinking of starting a site about Chinese idns (not a forum, idnforums is great!), or even a holding company for idns, I've exceeded my budget already.
Starting a Chinese site about IDNs would be great, especially if we could cross-list auctions easily. Given your ambitions, I recommend you incorporate around your IDN venture. Several of us have I think.
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I think both are equally important, there's no clear cut case as in Russia's case.
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..., I'd want my online business to be administered by ICANN rather than Chinese authority.
You will be very surprise that most people in China think the same way you do!
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I have seen alot of .cn's in chinese

It goes both ways - there's no dominant camp.

Some people like .cn - recently, there had been a few postings on idnclub regarding .cn domains registered by Chinese companies, but .com/.net counterpart left available. OTOH, there are also people that prefer .com.
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