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Dot brand domains and content

In 1996 already, Bill Gates wrote an article entitled : “Content is King”. Dot brand domains offer the possibility to create many domains, and therefore many websites possibly hosting a large amount of content. The active websites are actual domains in the dot brand TLD space that resolve to an exiting website that is not a nic website. Active websites would be used by brands to host content, even though this includes a low number of parking pages or basic server pages.

There are three options for brands to populate the sites with content :

  • Spread their existing content, over multiple websites
  • Create, develop or curate new content
  • Duplicate existing content over many websites

Top 10 largest TLD

As of August 2017

Rankdot brandTotal Pages Found by Google
1sohu226 002
2nico215 661
3leclerc72 597
4bnpparibas60 480
5pictet47 570
6citic25 070
7cern23 358
8sandvik11 955
9sener9 395
10abbott9 369

Active websites

Number of websites per TLD

Two automotive brands are creating a large number of website. This reflects the automobile market, where the distribution is organized by a large number of external dealers.

Number of pages in websites

The number of pages identified by search engines is a relatively good indicator of the size of the sites. This does not necessarily give the exact number of pages, as some sites may declare they do not want to be identified, or some of them were not declared to the search engines. Sites such as bmw.com have up to 67,000 pages, while most of dot brand sites only have one page.

Some of the active websites under dot brand registrations are invisible in Google and Bing. They appear not to have been indexed. This is probably because they have not been submitted to the search engines, which possibly demonstrates an interim phase where the brands are testing and learning before providing some content for their end users.

Redirecting sites

The redirect can be a “permanent” one, with a code 301, or a temporary – using the code 302. There are also redirects using javascripts of jQuery. Most of the redirects are “permanent” redirects, which shows that brands integrate a large portion of redirects in their long term dot brand strategy.

This implemention mode consists of redirecting the user to another domain. This can be achieved by indicating in the  HTML “htaccess” file that the user will be redirected.

The redirect can be a “deep redirect”, meaning that the user will go to a specific page. For instance, http://support.microsoft redirects to https://support.microsoft.com. It can also be a “basic” redirect, where it simply leads to the home page. eyewear.mango redirects to http://shop.mango.com/

SSL Certificates and HTTPS

Some websites in the dot brand space carry SSL certificates, enabling secure connection to their sites. SSL is commonly used to secure eCommerce sites and is denoted by “https”. The majority of dot brand sites with SSL certificates are from the financial sector. BNP Paribas is an example of a bank which uses https domains:

eMail and MX configuration

Some brands are using dot brand email adresses. Gucci, the famous Italian luxury brand uses a .gucci address on their customer service website. Weir, a engineering company, also uses a .weir address.

The chart represents the number of sites having “mx” records in their domain setup – ie domains where the basic email setup has been made.

Technology

Webservers technology

Webservers are servers connected to the internet that process HTTP requests.

The type of webservers used for sites under dot brand sites are (unsurprisingly) no different than for sites under legacy domains, featuring Apache, Big-IP  and IBM servers etc.

The technologies employed by developers supporting dot brands are no different from the technologies commonly used in internet development – PHP, ASP, Ruby etc.

CMS technology

Content Management Systems (CMS) are applications that control what is published at a website via a central interface. Most popular CMS are Drupal and WordPress. Major corporations also use AEM, Adobe Experience Manager.

SSL technology

SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral.