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99% of Greek Geographical Domains of Cities and Towns are still available for registration Now

A rare commodity of GEO Domains for tourism, promotion, local directories and businesses, are available right now from any of the authorized domain registrars of GR.COM (you can find the full list of registrars at www.domain.gr.com)
For your convinience we've listed below most of the Greek cities and towns with over 2000 population (without taking as a fact the Kallikratis project because each name can be developed in a close or wide region plan)


Adendro.GR.COM
Afantou.GR.COM
Agia.GR.COM
AgiaBarbara.GR.COM
AgiaMarina.GR.COM
AgiaParaskeyh.GR.COM
AgiaParaskeyi.GR.COM
AgiaTriada.GR.COM
Agiasos.GR.COM
AgioiAnargyroi.GR.COM
AgioiApostoloi.GR.COM
AgioiTheodoroi.GR.COM
AgiosAthanasios.GR.COM
AgiosBasileios.GR.COM
AgiosDhmhtrios.GR.COM
AgiosDimitrios.GR.COM
AgiosGeorgios.GR.COM
AgiosIoannhsRenths.GR.COM
AgiosIoannisRentis.GR.COM
AgiosKonstantinos.GR.COM
AgiosNikolaos.GR.COM
AgiosPaylos.GR.COM
AgiosStefanos.GR.COM
Agria.GR.COM
Agrinio.GR.COM
Aianh.GR.COM
Aiani.GR.COM
Aianteio.GR.COM
Aigaleo.GR.COM
Aigina.GR.COM
Aiginio.GR.COM
Aigio.GR.COM
Aitoliko.GR.COM
Alexandreia.GR.COM
Alexandroupolh.GR.COM
Alexandroupoli.GR.COM
Aliartos.GR.COM
Aliberi.GR.COM
Alimos.GR.COM
Alistrath.GR.COM
Alistrati.GR.COM
Almyros.GR.COM
Amaliada.GR.COM
Amarynthos.GR.COM
Amfikleia.GR.COM
Amfiloxia.GR.COM
Amfissa.GR.COM
Ampelakia.GR.COM
Ampelokhpoi.GR.COM
Ampelokipoi.GR.COM
Ampelonas.GR.COM
Amuntaio.GR.COM
Anabyssos.GR.COM
Anatolh.GR.COM
Anatoli.GR.COM
Anatoliko.GR.COM
Andrabida.GR.COM
AnoLiosia.GR.COM
Anogeia.GR.COM
Anoixh.GR.COM
Anoixi.GR.COM
Anthousa.GR.COM
Antikura.GR.COM
Antimaxeia.GR.COM
Araxoba.GR.COM
Argos.GR.COM
ArgosOrestiko.GR.COM
Argostoli.GR.COM
Argyroupolh.GR.COM
Argyroupoli.GR.COM
Aridaia.GR.COM
Arkaloxori.GR.COM
Arnaia.GR.COM
Arta.GR.COM
Artemida.GR.COM
Arxaggelos.GR.COM
Asbestoxori.GR.COM
Asprobalta.GR.COM
Aspropyrgos.GR.COM
Asshros.GR.COM
Assiros.GR.COM
Assos.GR.COM
Astakos.GR.COM
Astros.GR.COM
Atalanth.GR.COM
Atalanti.GR.COM
Athikia.GR.COM
Athina.GR.COM
Axarnes.GR.COM
Axioupolh.GR.COM
Axioupoli.GR.COM
Aylona.GR.COM
Bagia.GR.COM
Barda.GR.COM
Barh.GR.COM
Bari.GR.COM
Bartholomio.GR.COM
Basilika.GR.COM
Bathu.GR.COM
Bathulakkos.GR.COM
Belbentos.GR.COM
Belestino.GR.COM
Belo.GR.COM
Beroia.GR.COM
Blaxioths.GR.COM
Blaxiotis.GR.COM
Bolos.GR.COM
Bonitsa.GR.COM
Boula.GR.COM
Bouliagmenh.GR.COM
Bouliagmeni.GR.COM
Braxati.GR.COM
Braxnaiika.GR.COM
Brilhssia.GR.COM
Brilissia.GR.COM
Brontados.GR.COM
Brontou.GR.COM
Buronas.GR.COM
Dafnh.GR.COM
Dafni.GR.COM
Daratsos.GR.COM
Delfoi.GR.COM
Demenika.GR.COM
Desfina.GR.COM
Deskath.GR.COM
Deskati.GR.COM
Dhlesi.GR.COM
Diabata.GR.COM
Diakopto.GR.COM
Didymoteixo.GR.COM
Dilesi.GR.COM
Dimhnio.GR.COM
Diminio.GR.COM
Dionysos.GR.COM
Distomo.GR.COM
Doxato.GR.COM
Drama.GR.COM
Drapetsona.GR.COM
Drosia.GR.COM
Drymos.GR.COM
Edessa.GR.COM
Ekalh.GR.COM
Ekali.GR.COM
Elassona.GR.COM
Elateia.GR.COM
Eleousa.GR.COM
Eleysina.GR.COM
EleytherioKordelio.GR.COM
Eleytheroupolh.GR.COM
Eleytheroupoli.GR.COM
Ellhniko.GR.COM
Elliniko.GR.COM
EpanoArxanes.GR.COM
Epanomh.GR.COM
Epanomi.GR.COM
Eretria.GR.COM
Ermionh.GR.COM
Ermioni.GR.COM
Ermoupolh.GR.COM
Ermoupoli.GR.COM
Erythres.GR.COM
Euosmos.GR.COM
Exinos.GR.COM
Eykarpia.GR.COM
Eyropos.GR.COM
Eyxeinoupolh.GR.COM
Eyxeinoupoli.GR.COM
Falanna.GR.COM
Farkadona.GR.COM
Farsala.GR.COM
Feres.GR.COM
Filiates.GR.COM
Filiatra.GR.COM
Filippiada.GR.COM
Filotheh.GR.COM
Filothei.GR.COM
Filyro.GR.COM
Florina.GR.COM
Fylh.GR.COM
Fyli.GR.COM
Galatades.GR.COM
Galatas.GR.COM
Galatinh.GR.COM
Galatini.GR.COM
Galatista.GR.COM
Galatsi.GR.COM
Gargalianoi.GR.COM
Gastounh.GR.COM
Gastouni.GR.COM
Gazi.GR.COM
Gefyra.GR.COM
Gerakas.GR.COM
Giannitsa.GR.COM
Giannoulh.GR.COM
Giannouli.GR.COM
Glyfada.GR.COM
GlykaNera.GR.COM
Gonnoi.GR.COM
Goumenissa.GR.COM
Grebena.GR.COM
Gutheio.GR.COM
Gymno.GR.COM
Hgoumenitsa.GR.COM
Hlioupolh.GR.COM
Hrakleia.GR.COM
Hrakleio.GR.COM
Ialysos.GR.COM
Iasmos.GR.COM
Ierapetra.GR.COM
Ierissos.GR.COM
Igoumenitsa.GR.COM
Ilion.GR.COM
Ilioupoli.GR.COM
Ioannina.GR.COM
Irakleia.GR.COM
Irakleio.GR.COM
Istiaia.GR.COM
Itea.GR.COM
Kabala.GR.COM
Kainourgio.GR.COM
Kaisarianh.GR.COM
Kaisariani.GR.COM
Kalamaria.GR.COM
Kalamata.GR.COM
Kalampaka.GR.COM
Kalampaki.GR.COM
Kallithea.GR.COM
Kaloxori.GR.COM
KalubiaThorikou.GR.COM
Kalymnos.GR.COM
Kalythies.GR.COM
Kamatero.GR.COM
KamenaBourla.GR.COM
Kanali.GR.COM
Kanallaki.GR.COM
Kapandriti.GR.COM
Karditsa.GR.COM
Karditsomagoula.GR.COM
Karitsa.GR.COM
Karpathos.GR.COM
Karpenhsi.GR.COM
Karpenisi.GR.COM
Karystos.GR.COM
Kassandreia.GR.COM
Kastoria.GR.COM
Katerinh.GR.COM
Katerini.GR.COM
KatoAxaΐa.GR.COM
KatoNeyrokopi.GR.COM
KatoTithorea.GR.COM
Katouna.GR.COM
Katoxh.GR.COM
Katoxi.GR.COM
Katsikas.GR.COM
Kefalos.GR.COM
Kentayros.GR.COM
Keratea.GR.COM
Keratsini.GR.COM
Kerkyra.GR.COM
Khfisia.GR.COM
Kiato.GR.COM
Kifisia.GR.COM
Kilkis.GR.COM
Kimmeria.GR.COM
Kissamos.GR.COM
Kitsi.GR.COM
Kolindros.GR.COM
Komothnh.GR.COM
Komotini.GR.COM
Kompoti.GR.COM
Konitsa.GR.COM
Kopanos.GR.COM
Korinos.GR.COM
Korinthos.GR.COM
Koropi.GR.COM
Korydallos.GR.COM
Kos.GR.COM
Koskinou.GR.COM
Koufalia.GR.COM
Kounoupidiana.GR.COM
Kozanh.GR.COM
Kozani.GR.COM
KraneaElassonas.GR.COM
Kranidi.GR.COM
Kremasth.GR.COM
Kremasti.GR.COM
Krestena.GR.COM
Krhnides.GR.COM
Krinides.GR.COM
Krokos.GR.COM
Krousonas.GR.COM
KruaBrush.GR.COM
KruaBrusi.GR.COM
Kryoneri.GR.COM
Kumh.GR.COM
Kumi.GR.COM
Kumina.GR.COM
Kyparissia.GR.COM
Kyriakio.GR.COM
Lagkadas.GR.COM
Lagyna.GR.COM
Lamia.GR.COM
Larisa.GR.COM
Larisas.GR.COM
Laurio.GR.COM
Leonidio.GR.COM
Leontari.GR.COM
Lepenou.GR.COM
Leptokarya.GR.COM
Lexaina.GR.COM
Lexaio.GR.COM
Leykada.GR.COM
Leykimmh.GR.COM
Leykimmi.GR.COM
Leykonas.GR.COM
Lhth.GR.COM
Lhxouri.GR.COM
Libadeia.GR.COM
Libanates.GR.COM
Limenaria.GR.COM
LimenasMarkopoulou.GR.COM
LimenasThasou.GR.COM
LimenasXersonhsou.GR.COM
LimenasXersonisou.GR.COM
Limnh.GR.COM
Limni.GR.COM
Liti.GR.COM
Litoxoro.GR.COM
Lixouri.GR.COM
Louros.GR.COM
LoutraAidhpsou.GR.COM
LoutraAidipsou.GR.COM
Loutraki.GR.COM
Lygourio.GR.COM
Lykobrysh.GR.COM
Lykobrysi.GR.COM
Magoula.GR.COM
Makrakomh.GR.COM
Makrakomi.GR.COM
Makroxori.GR.COM
Malesina.GR.COM
Malia.GR.COM
Mandra.GR.COM
Maniakoi.GR.COM
Marathonas.GR.COM
MarkopouloMesogaias.GR.COM
MarkopouloOropou.GR.COM
Marousi.GR.COM
Martino.GR.COM
MegalaKalubia.GR.COM
MegalhPanagia.GR.COM
MegaliPanagia.GR.COM
Megalopolh.GR.COM
Megalopoli.GR.COM
Megara.GR.COM
Melikh.GR.COM
Meliki.GR.COM
Melissia.GR.COM
Menemenh.GR.COM
Menemeni.GR.COM
Mesologgi.GR.COM
Messhnh.GR.COM
Messini.GR.COM
Metamorfosh.GR.COM
Metamorfosi.GR.COM
Metsobo.GR.COM
Moires.GR.COM
Molaoi.GR.COM
Molos.GR.COM
Mosxato.GR.COM
Mournies.GR.COM
Mouzaki.GR.COM
Mukonos.GR.COM
Murina.GR.COM
Mytilhnh.GR.COM
Mytilhnioi.GR.COM
Mytilini.GR.COM
Mytilinioi.GR.COM
Naousa.GR.COM
Naupaktos.GR.COM
Nauplio.GR.COM
Naxos.GR.COM
NeaAgxialos.GR.COM
NeaAlikarnassos.GR.COM
NeaArtakh.GR.COM
NeaArtaki.GR.COM
NeaBrasna.GR.COM
NeaBussa.GR.COM
NeaErythraia.GR.COM
NeaFiladelfeia.GR.COM
NeaIonia.GR.COM
NeaKallikrateia.GR.COM
NeaKarbalh.GR.COM
NeaKarbali.GR.COM
NeaKios.GR.COM
NeaMagnhsia.GR.COM
NeaMagnisia.GR.COM
NeaMakrh.GR.COM
NeaMakri.GR.COM
NeaMalgara.GR.COM
NeaMeshmbria.GR.COM
NeaMesimbria.GR.COM
NeaMhxaniona.GR.COM
NeaMixaniona.GR.COM
NeaMoudania.GR.COM
NeaPalatia.GR.COM
NeaPentelh.GR.COM
NeaPenteli.GR.COM
NeaPeramos.GR.COM
NeaSmurnh.GR.COM
NeaSmurni.GR.COM
NeaTriglia.GR.COM
NeaXalkhdona.GR.COM
NeaXalkidona.GR.COM
NeaZixnh.GR.COM
NeaZixni.GR.COM
Neapolh.GR.COM
NeapolhBoion.GR.COM
Neapoli.GR.COM
NeapoliBoion.GR.COM
Nemea.GR.COM
NeoKarlobasi.GR.COM
NeoPetritsi.GR.COM
NeoPsyxiko.GR.COM
NeoRusio.GR.COM
NeoSouli.GR.COM
NeoiEpibates.GR.COM
NeosMarmaras.GR.COM
NeosMylotopos.GR.COM
NeosSkopos.GR.COM
Neoxori.GR.COM
Nerokouros.GR.COM
Nigrita.GR.COM
Nikaia.GR.COM
Nikhsianh.GR.COM
Nikhth.GR.COM
Nikisiani.GR.COM
Nikiti.GR.COM
Obrya.GR.COM
Oinofyta.GR.COM
Oixalia.GR.COM
Oraiokastro.GR.COM
Orestiada.GR.COM
Ormulia.GR.COM
Orxomenos.GR.COM
Paiania.GR.COM
PalaiaFokaia.GR.COM
PalaioFalhro.GR.COM
PalaioFaliro.GR.COM
PalaioPsyxiko.GR.COM
Palaioxora.GR.COM
Palairos.GR.COM
Palamas.GR.COM
Pallhnh.GR.COM
Pallini.GR.COM
Panaitolio.GR.COM
Panorama.GR.COM
Papagos.GR.COM
Paradeisi.GR.COM
Paralia.GR.COM
ParaliaAylidas.GR.COM
ParaliaBergas.GR.COM
Paramythia.GR.COM
Parga.GR.COM
Paros.GR.COM
Patra.GR.COM
Peiraias.GR.COM
Pella.GR.COM
Pentelh.GR.COM
Penteli.GR.COM
Peraia.GR.COM
Perama.GR.COM
Peribolia.GR.COM
Peristash.GR.COM
Peristasi.GR.COM
Peristeri.GR.COM
Petroupolh.GR.COM
Petroupoli.GR.COM
Peuka.GR.COM
Peukh.GR.COM
Peuki.GR.COM
Plagiari.GR.COM
PlakaDhlesi.GR.COM
PlakaDilesi.GR.COM
Platamonas.GR.COM
Platu.GR.COM
Plomari.GR.COM
Polixnh.GR.COM
Polixni.GR.COM
Polixnitos.GR.COM
Polugyros.GR.COM
Polukastro.GR.COM
Poros.GR.COM
Potamos.GR.COM
Prebeza.GR.COM
Prosotsanh.GR.COM
Prosotsani.GR.COM
Psaxna.GR.COM
Ptolemaida.GR.COM
Pulos.GR.COM
Purgos.GR.COM
Pylaia.GR.COM
Pylio.GR.COM
Rafhna.GR.COM
Rafina.GR.COM
Rethymno.GR.COM
Rio.GR.COM
Roditsa.GR.COM
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Rododafni.GR.COM
Rodolibos.GR.COM
Rodopolh.GR.COM
Rodopoli.GR.COM
Rodos.GR.COM
Salamina.GR.COM
Samos.GR.COM
Sapes.GR.COM
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Selhnia.GR.COM
Selinia.GR.COM
Serbia.GR.COM
Serres.GR.COM
Shmantra.GR.COM
Shteia.GR.COM
Siatista.GR.COM
Sidhrokastro.GR.COM
Sidirokastro.GR.COM
Simantra.GR.COM
Sindos.GR.COM
Siteia.GR.COM
Skala.GR.COM
Skiathos.GR.COM
Skopelos.GR.COM
Skoutari.GR.COM
Skudra.GR.COM
Sofades.GR.COM
Souda.GR.COM
Soufli.GR.COM
Sourph.GR.COM
Sourpi.GR.COM
Soxos.GR.COM
Sparth.GR.COM
Sparti.GR.COM
Spata.GR.COM
Sperxeiada.GR.COM
Spetses.GR.COM
Stamata.GR.COM
Stayros.GR.COM
Stayroupolh.GR.COM
Stayroupoli.GR.COM
Stylida.GR.COM
Sumh.GR.COM
Sumi.GR.COM
Sxhmatari.GR.COM
Sximatari.GR.COM
Sykia.GR.COM
Sykies.GR.COM
Sykourio.GR.COM
Tauros.GR.COM
Terpnh.GR.COM
Terpni.GR.COM
Thermh.GR.COM
Thermi.GR.COM
Thessalonikh.GR.COM
Thessaloniki.GR.COM
Thiba.GR.COM
Thira.GR.COM
Thnos.GR.COM
Thrakomakedones.GR.COM
Tinos.GR.COM
Tragano.GR.COM
Triandria.GR.COM
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Tripolh.GR.COM
Tripoli.GR.COM
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Tsaritsani.GR.COM
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Tympaki.GR.COM
Tyros.GR.COM
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Xorio.GR.COM
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Xoristi.GR.COM
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Xryso.GR.COM
Xrysoupolh.GR.COM
Xrysoupoli.GR.COM
Xylokastro.GR.COM
Ydra.GR.COM
Ymhttos.GR.COM
Ymittos.GR.COM
Zagkliberi.GR.COM
Zagora.GR.COM
Zakynthos.GR.COM
Zaros.GR.COM
Zaxaro.GR.COM
Zefuri.GR.COM
Zeygolateio.GR.COM
Zhpario.GR.COM
Zipario.GR.COM
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What people don’t know about internet Domain Names and how you can benefit from them


Companies that trusted .GR.COM Domain Names for their brands. Click the image to go at the main page of www.domain.gr.com

During the many years I have worked with domain names I have found very few people who understand the true nature of domain names.

You can find a quick definition for the operation of domains all over the internet, but none will tell you what a domain is and how it can work for you.

There are those who selected their name in a rush, or tried SEO to target the exact same keywords for their campaign. However, domain names, for me, are the door to a customer’s head.

I don’t care for search engine traffic, what rank I will get according to the competition for the selected phrase, or anything technical that interferes with my primary goal, and this is the mind of my customer.

There are even marketing companies who disregard the power of a domain name, or intentionally push their customers to a poor name only to make them pay more for the promotion, trying to make it brandable.

In their book “22 immutable laws of marketing”, Al Ries and Jack Trout mention in their 5th Law that “The most powerful concept in marketing is owning a word in prospect’s mind”. These few lines truly describe what a domain is, and how powerful it can be for its owner.

It’s what people in the industry, and domainers call “Generic / Premium” domains.

How many of the companies you know own a domain name like www.bank.gr.com or www.hotels.gr.com or anything similar? Most of them try to get the name of their company and are happy when they find it’s available..

It’s easy to find an available domain using a variation of a company’s name. It can be pieced together with -ltd.com or -inc.com, or the type of your business like yourfirm-shoes.com

The point is that domain names are not like telephone numbers where the user will note down the number then later dial it from the piece of paper they have in front of them.

In the past, over 10 years ago, the phrase “type-in” domains was prominent. This means the user didn’t search the internet to find the exact domain he wanted, but typed in the category plus the extension .com. So, if someone wanted to find shoes he would type shoes.com

With the radical change in our internet habits since then, and the advancement of search engines, now many people will instead type “shoes” into a search engine and will most probably see shoes.com in the results.

Do you notice the risk here ?

If you rely on the ranking the search engines give to your website then you put all your eggs in one basket. If search engines for any reason decide to put your website in 11th spot (2nd page) then users will click on your competitors even if your website is more closely relevant with their query.

The one spot that search engines don’t have any power to alter is the mind of your customer.

Sit down , relax and try to track the journey of your thought.

Say, for example, the word “shoes” and try to think of the first two or three companies that come to mind. Notice the order that these come to mind.

Is the first name Nike, or Adidas or another well known brand?

The brand that came first, through their commercials or other promo actions, did the best job at registering in your head.

Why do you think multi-billion dollar companies keep spending money on advertising and promoting their brand? Do you think, for example, Coca-Cola is not known even to smallest village of the world ?

All these companies try to preserve, or just outrank others for that spot in your mind.

The same happens for domains with much better potential.

You’re not only capable of being the first in the customer’s mind, but literally owning a whole category for yourself.

Why not operate a website like www.shoes.gr.com and at the same time, if you feel it's necessary, also get www.yourfirm.gr.com to redirect to shoes.gr.com?

Of course some people may say that nowadays it’s impossible to get one word domains if they don’t spend thousands or even millions to buy them from their current owners.

That’s true for some extensions. The .com TLD especially is so saturated that even two words domains are equally valuable and hard to find. If .com is the only option then the choices are limited.

One quick piece of advice is to switch to another TLD where you will be able to find your required keyword.

ccTLDs or regional registries, where good names are still available, are an additional option, however these registries usually have very tight restrictions on what can be registered, including some who don’t allow generic domains to be registered at all.

The bottom line is that domain names are a serious issue for any business and webmasters should spend enough time examining the choices and the goals they have for their website.

Less than 1% will be able to dominate their category with a unique name like Google did, so it’s better not to use this as an example for your domain name strategy. Instead, use a generic word that is available under a different domain extension, covers your entire category and is always at the front of the users mind.

For me domain names are an art, but even though my passion is focused on these dot beauties i'm always a fanatical supporter of the internet

Sincerely

S.L. / GR.com Business Manager

"The views expressed on this article are those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of the GR.com Registry - CentralNic"

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Do you have a professional vehicle with your email address on it? Read this article and don’t make the same mistake again



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Do you have a professional vehicle with your email address on it? Read this article and don’t make the same mistake again


Companies that trusted .GR.COM Domain Names for their brands. Click the image to go at the main page of www.domain.gr.com

Like most of you, I use the car daily to facilitate my business tasks. As I am driving I notice a lot around me, but more importantly small business vehicles, or even trucks with their company contact information advertised on the side or at the back.

The business owners who see this empty space on their vehicle as space for a big version of their business card, are missing a prime advertising opportunity.
These business owners believe it’s suitable to include every small detail printed on their business card, but in a larger font to fill their vehicle’s dimensions.

If you don’t see any issue here let me explain.

Let’s say you’re driving on a highway and are at the back of a big truck.

Do you think there is any chance of you being able to hold the steering wheel with one hand, open the glove box with the other, search for a pen and paper, write down the fax or the email of this business and then use these details to contact that business?

A large space, such as the one at the back of a big truck, provides exposure and if not used properly can be a ruined opportunity.

Imagine the sides and the back of your car like a webpage where you have just a few seconds to grab the attention of the visitor before they leave your site. You understand here of course that I make a parallelism with the driver at the back of your car.

You need to quickly deliver your message before he moves on. Now what is the most important information to give the driver in these few seconds?

A. the name-logo of your firm
B. the category of your business
C. the city where the business is located
D. the domain name of your site

What you’re saying with these 4 lines of information is: I’m Firm A, and my business is B, my shop/business that you can find me is in city C and for more information look at my website D

You don’t have to exclude your phone, or your fax, or your Facebook profile, or whatever other information you choose, just display them in a font size that your reader can see from 1m away and put the most important information in a font size that is readable from 20m away.

Phone numbers, Email addresses, or other such information aren’t bad but they don’t provide a central point of information for your business, which can be remembered by potential buyers or just curious drivers.

I’m not sure if you noticed but still there is a difficult task for the driver that is interested in seeing more about your business. It’s the domain name of your website which is the central point of information about your business.

Difficult or long domains are hard to memorize so you may result in zero awareness from your advertising.

Imagine these two examples and tell yourself which would be more memorable if you were the driver behind the truck :

(1)www.myfirmname-ltd.gr
(2)www.wines.gr.com

I’m not you but I would choose the 2nd.

Read my other content to see a relevant article about the nature of domain names especially for the previous example I mentioned.

Bottom line, everything is an ad for your business, from the clothes you or your employees wear to your cars and your business cards. However, not all of them can be used in the same way. Each communication tool passes a different message to your future customers.

Sincerely
S.L. / GR.com Business Manager
"The views expressed on this article are those of the author and do not necessarily express the views of the GR.com Registry - CentralNic"

Read Also the Related Article of Socrates Lambadarios / GR.com Business Manager here :
What people don’t know about internet Domain Names and how you can benefit from them



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Comparison between .GR official domain registry of Greece and .GR.com

An Informational Comparison of the Greek Regional ccTLD [.gr/.com.gr] and
GR.COM, a SubLevel Domain Name Registry

This paper describes the history and policies of .gr, the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Greece. Because of restrictive policies, the public has a difficult time registering and maintaining .gr domain names. Realizing that the acronym GR has special meaning, we offer a simpler and more user-friendly alternative for Greece: the GR.com private sub-level domain (PSLD) registry.

GR is the ISO character set of Greece and is already used under the regional .gr ccTLD.
Unfortunately the .gr ccTLD has restrictive polices inhibiting up-take of the domain.

In order to provide a domain registry that appeal to regional Greek customers, we have studied the history and policies of the .gr ccTLD and propose an alternative framework for gr.com based on user requirements and industry Best Practice standards.

Abridged History of .gr ccTLD
(Note for the day reference the format is : DD/MM/YYYY)
(FEK are the Greek initials for Government’s Newspaper Sheet where all issues regarding Government sector, decisions and more are publicly announced. et.gr in Greek language)

- In 1989 the "Foundation for Research and Technology" in Crete-Greece requests from IANA and is appointed the management of the .gr ccTLD

- In 1997 the EETT committee, together with the "Foundation for Research and Technology" and the local ISPs, created the first set of rules for the management of domain names with the .gr suffix.

- In 2000 Greek law 2867/2000 proclaimed EETT was officially the responsible committee for issues regarding .gr ccTLD (article 3,paragraph 14,element a)

- At the end of 2002 EETT issued decision 268/73/25-11-2002 (FEK 1617/B/31-12-2002), "Management and Registration regulation of domain names with .gr suffix". With this decision EETT took over the administration of the .gr ccTLD registry.

- Until the end of 2002 .gr ccTLD restricted the allowed number of domain names per person/company. A single individual could register only 1 domain, a private enterprise up to 2, and a company was limited to 10. Until 2002, generic terms were allowed to be registered. In January 2003 even stricter restrictions were put in place, prohibiting those with former domain registrations from re-registering the very same names they had under the old rules

- With protocol number 3353/12-02-04 (12-Feb-2004), the EETT authorized the first registrar to operate and provide .gr domain registrations. Before 2004 there was no registrar market or choice for consumers allowing competitive pricing in Greece. Registration for .gr names was available only at hostmaster.gr at a set price.

- The primary registration rules were modified with FEK 717/27-5-2005, including decision 351/76(20-5-2005). A few minor adjustments followed with FEK 1251/B/06-09-2005 353/185 and FEK 1545/09-11-2005.

- EETT is responsible as the registry body and has granted to "Foundation for Research and Technology" the technical responsibility of running the registry.

- The names that can be registered under the .gr ccTLD and ccSLD are : [.gr],[.com.gr],[.edu.gr],[.net.gr],[.org.gr]

Because of this long delay in adopting Best-Practice for registry administration, potential .gr customers are frustrated. Our plan to launch .gr.com assimilates the domain industry Best Practices for registrars and registrants, providing a service much needed in the Greece region. In the following sections we outline the major differences between the .gr ccTLD as it currently operates, and the proposed methodology for gr.com.


Registrars :
-In the .gr ccTLD many authorized registrars do not meet basic technical thresholds in order to support a customer’s domain registration process. The accreditation offered by .gr does not follow any technical steps to verify and qualify the request of the future registrar. Some of the official registrars work primarily in different business areas not related at all to the internet; many have inactive websites and emails. There is no fee to enter or renew the registrar accreditation and no minimum requirements for domain sales per year.

- In the .gr.com SLD, authorized registrars are either ICANN accredited registrars or regional registrars with proven sales, support and marketing experience. They implement the industry standard EPP for their technical platform, and are 100% capable of supporting any DNS or technical request from end-users. There is 100 GBP ( Check the currect exchange rate of 100 GBP to EURO and USD ) to enter that can be used for future registrations, there is no fee to sustain the accreditation for .gr.com. However we actively track non active registrars or registrars not following the standards we set.


Time of domain registration :

- The following steps are taken to register a .gr domain name :

1. The user requests the domain name he wants from the authorized registrar,

2. The domain is registered temporarily. The Registrar forwards the request to EETT for approval,

3. The request is manually reviewed from an authorized person of EETT, but...

4. The EETT committee gathers twice a month to approve registration applications (the rules mention that the limit is 20 days to get a final decision from the committee). Much longer delays have been reported: up to 2 months at summer time!

5. EETT has the right according to their opinion to ask for additional information to verify the authenticity of the domain registrant.

6. If EETT approves the request, they send a message back to the registrar and the domain is officially registered. If the domain is not approved, the registrar must refund the money back to the end-user. Because this process relies so much on human factors, some applications, even for simple names, have failed 3 or more times before finally receiving approval

- The registration of .gr.com has no pre-registration review process.
The customer applies and is granted the name in 5 seconds from a trusted ICANN or regional registrar.
We don't believe that names themselves should be censored for any reason.
A domain registration will only be retracted if the content of a website is illegal or infringing on Trademark (TM) rights.

There has been an increase in Cyber squatting and this is alarming but does not mean the registry operator must pre-emptively ban every domain combination. Firm policies around acceptable use will deter cyber-squatters from registering in gr.com. There are appropriate legal entities to enforce the Intellectual Property laws.

GR.com registry will promote freedom of registration and usage of all names. We protect the TM and IP holders through firm policy while making domain registration easier for people that want to register memorable and useful domains. This is the founding role of a registry. Historically, extremely strict registration rules show only negative results for the registry and delay the internet development.


Selection of domain names :
- .gr ccTLD does NOT allow domain names with:

1. 2 characters (letters or numbers or any combination)

2. Generic terms. There is no definition to the regulation regarding the meaning of "generic". The list is open and each domain application is reviewed manually on a case per case basis. This procedure is 100% subjective and dependent on the whims of the EETT reviewer.

3. No geo,city,country names,country codes included to the iso-3166-1 list

4. Names against public order and Christian mores

5. Names related with Greece and countries mentioned in article 6 of Paris convention regarding Industrial property, together with symbols of great importance especially for Religious symbols and words

- .gr.com PSLD :
1. Domain Names with 2 characters. This is the only restriction.


Reasons for deletion from the registry :

-Reasons the .gr ccTLD administrator may delete domain names (not limited to this list) :

1. If the name belonged to a company that has been dissolved,

2. If the owner dies and his heir doesn't ask for ownership modification within 6 months,

3. If they receive a final court order.

Reasons for rejections :
- Reasons the .gr ccTLD administrator may reject an application for registration (not limited to this list) :
1. The committee can reject the application if he already rejected it in the past and thinks there is no new compelling reason to accept it,

2. If the registrant applied for a [.com.gr],[.edu.gr],[.net.gr],[.org.gr] and there is no proof of activity relating to the requested categories. For example a business activity for a .com.gr,

- .gr.com respects and follows the decision of the courts. A name will be deleted only with a final court order when all options for appeal have been exhausted. There is no initial domain application rejection procedure.


Reselling capability of the domain names:

- .gr ccTLD :

1. Does allow the modification of whois info but not the first/last name/company name

2. To change the ownership the old owner and the future owner must submit their full personal/company data, VAT numbers etc. to the same EETT committee for approval. The time for ownership modification is not defined by regulation, but we have noticed delays up to 1,5-2 months. The committee can deny the request if they have reasons to believe it should not be allowed.

3. Whois modification is billed at the same amount as the original registration.

4. The maximum amount that a name can be sold from the registrar to the registrant is 44 Euro+19% VAT. Because of this rule together with the absence of reference in the regulations, a confusion about the ability of the .gr owner to sell a name he bought for more than 52,36 Euro exists. . It has been reported that domain holders lost their domains because legal action was taken when domains were sold on the secondary market for a fee much higher than the registration fee. The absence of clear definitions regarding reselling is dangerous and can lead to negative consequences for .gr domain holders.

- .gr.com PSLD
1. Every part of the whois data can be modified by the registrant. The only requirement is that the information is valid at all times. This is the same requirement ICANN has set .

2. If the owner wishes to sell his rights to the name he can do it without seeking permission from theasking the registrar or the registry. without seeking permission.

3. Modification of the whois data is not chargeable from the registry. However registrar may apply a charge for this service.

4. The registrant may set any price the market will bear for the domain names.


Trademark and rightful owners protection :

- .gr. ccTLD :
1. There is no specific regulation or statement of the .gr registry regarding pre-defined measures for the protection of .gr domain owners,

2. According to the regulations, the local committee tries to protect the TM owners and everyone else from generic domain abuse. However the policies are so restrictive, a bottleneck is created as all names are subject to intense scrutiny. A process that could take less than five minutes to complete takes 0.5-2 months.

For example for the generic keywords at the "Public Procedure for Opinions Submission related with the work of registry for .GR" on 02-Dec-2003, page 13 states :

The regulation (Article 5, paragraph 5, element c) forbids the registration of names that have no descriptive character. Simplified, this clause has the following objectives :

a. Not to allow conditions where one and only person (physical or legal) exploits one specific domain name (that is related to a purchase/service/product) excluding other persons that work at the same area to get a domain name,

b. Not to allow conditions where a person (physical or legal) gains an excessive advantage compared with the competition just because he was granted a specific domain name.The final statement in the paragraph is "Every application must be checked before anyone else from the registrars regarding the descriptive character of the domain name"

Eleven replies were submitted to the request for comments;
8 think that they will face difficulties with the descriptive character of domain names
1 criticizes this rule as worldwide patent
1 said that this is an old method of short sighted censorship
and the last one said that he thinks that may create problems, especially in the area of new technologies where new terms and technologies appear nearly every day.

Still the committee didn’t hear anyone of the participants and until now does not allow generic terms at all in the .gr ccTLD

- .gr.com use the internationally accepted dispute resolution service of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for TM disputes. It doesn't pre-emptively ban domain registrations or characterize keyword names or even charge extra for premium generic names.

Note : All data were gathered late 2009. If there are updates to the rules and regulations for .gr cctld please let us know to include the updates.

Update Sep-2011 : Updates to the regulations have been announced that will be applied from 30-Oct-2011. Still .GR.COM Domains surpass the .GR cctld features and new features for .GR.COM will be added. Stay tuned for updated comparison soon.

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