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Old 13th August 2011, 09:16 PM
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Arabic top-level domain still unpopular

By Mohammad Ghazal

AMMAN - Information Technology experts on Saturday attributed the low turnout in registering websites in Jordan’s Arabic top-level domain الاردن. (.alordon) to being “unnecessary” and weak promotion for the service.

The experts said the service is not expected to witness any growth in usage but a “huge” promotional campaign might attracts hundreds of websites to use the domain.

“The service does not add any value. I do not think Internet users will find it difficult to type a few letters in English to access a certain website. Therefore, there is no need to type in Arabic letters,” Mahmoud Al Kurdi, sales and marketing manager at Virtuport, told The Jordan Times Saturday.

“If a person does not even know how to type the address of a certain website in English letters, he or she can type in Arabic letters on Google and search for the website. I see no point in typing address in Arabic letters. It is not convenient,” he said.

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=40401
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AMMAN - Information Technology experts on Saturday attributed the low turnout in registering websites in Jordan’s Arabic top-level domain الاردن. (.alordon) to being “unnecessary” and weak promotion for the service.

The experts said the service is not expected to witness any growth in usage but a “huge” promotional campaign might attracts hundreds of websites to use the domain.

“The service does not add any value. I do not think Internet users will find it difficult to type a few letters in English to access a certain website. Therefore, there is no need to type in Arabic letters,” Mahmoud Al Kurdi, sales and marketing manager at Virtuport, told The Jordan Times Saturday.

“If a person does not even know how to type the address of a certain website in English letters, he or she can type in Arabic letters on Google and search for the website. I see no point in typing address in Arabic letters. It is not convenient,” he said.

http://www.jordantimes.com/index.php?news=40401
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Re: Arabic top-level domain still unpopular

Apparently sales of IDN Keyboards are not keeping up with demand.

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Stats Last 30 days for Jordan:

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Jordan 1357 24 % 1.77

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Re: Arabic top-level domain still unpopular

Hey guys,
I think its true...as long as the top visited sites in the Arab world are sites like Google.com and Gmail.com and Facebook.com, people will always need to use the .com

Besides, it seems as though (and this from a newbie's perspective searching for Arabic IDNs) that most IDN's are registered by domain investors and not necessarily native speakers and developers. Most are parked. In the meantime, people in the Arab world are turning to international sites or Arabic sites with transliterated domain names and the .com

Just my 2 cents
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