Re: Once upon a time ...
I remember this time too. Hence we still use host names in place of IP's on our work network. Easy to remember names like company1-wb01 etc.
Why then, has ICANN been given a truly overlord style command of the almost entire domain name system?
I was thinking about my original post and a few things came to my mind that I hadn't thought of before. And, hey, I may be wrong.. but:
- With the old style of limiting the TLD tree to .com. .net etc, this gave value to domains. Real value. You own the domain "bigcompany.com" and we're called "Big Company" then people knew, remembered and felt a sense of security that the domain they were at was the real deal.
Now we have so many words for TLD's that can the average internet user really ascertain if they're not on a website with a very bad agenda on their list of things to do.
If wix.com (for example) had their site copied or mimicked their site by someone to gain usernames/passwords and then billing info etc and had it hosted on wix.company (which the TLD .company actually exists, but does not yet resolve: wix.company’s server IP address could not be found.) How the hell is the average Joe supposed to instinctively know they are dealing with the defacto wix.com ? I may be missing a bunch of holes in my example but.. it does beg the question.