February 22, 2010
High Value Domains Available in .Coop
One of the most important reasons that
.coop was secured by dotCoop for the cooperative community was the
rapidly declining availability of "good" domain names. Names that
are short, memorable and available to businesses that are trying to
create an Internet identity were in short supply when .coop became
available in 2002. And that's even more the case today.
In the .coop domain, there are still
many domains available that fit the above guidelines. In addition,
there are a number of names that fit a business category as well as
just the name of of your co-op. For example, even if you have
"localcotton.coop", a name like "cotton.coop" is a great way to
identify your product directly.
To highlight this opportunity, the
Domains.Coop registrar has just launched a new site
- which features particular domains that you might be
interested in bidding on. Keep checking back to see what names are
being offered and get an idea of the valuable names that are still
available in .coop. The first names they are offering are
credit.coop and credito.coop.
When you realize that Fund.Com was
sold for close to USD$10 million and is still available in .coop,
you see the potential value a special .coop name could bring to
your cooperative business.
To see if a name you are thinking of
is still available, go to www.coop
and put the name in the box in the upper right corner
and you'll know right away if the one you were thinking of is
waiting for you to pick it up.
.Coop Registrar Spotlight on ... ENCIRCA
EnCirca is an ICANN
Accredited domain name registrar that specializes in the
creation, management and protection of digital identities. It is an
authorized registrar for the .coop domain.
EnCirca works to protect intellectual
property and prides itself as being a registrar-of-choice for
trademark owners. After working for several years in the trademark
research industry, EnCirca was founded in 2001 by industry leader,
"EnCirca grew out of a need for
organizations and companies to have an partner in not only
protecting, but developing their online brands," says Barrett. "We
partner with customers and help them proactively manage their
online identity, and also educate them about the power of branding
their company with a .coop identity, for instance.
EnCirca understands the special needs
and challenges of .coop registrants. In fact, EnCirca specializes
in sponsored top-level domains, such as .coop, .travel, .jobs and
.pro. It offers streamlined administrative services, as well as
attentive customer service to make managing a domain, or multiple
domains, simple. Free email and web forwarding is included in .coop
EnCirca powers SiteSee, the map-based
Directory.coop member directory and is launching a new service that
helps organizations secure their brands in social networks.
Overall, EnCirca handles more than 100 international domain name
extensions and also offers email, hosting and SEO services.
EnCirca is part of DotCoop's program
offering free registrations to first-time users to .coop and offers
discounts for registrants wishing to transfer their .coop domain to
EnCirca. To check out transferring your domains to EnCirca, visit
The EnCirca team is uniquely qualified
to guide customers through the evolving domain terrain, as the team
includes experts in trademark research, database development,
ecommerce systems, domain name registration systems and portfolio
To contact EnCirca, visit http://www.encirca.com/ or email
Tom and the team at email@example.com .
When Less is More in .Coop
In late 2008, .coop was finally
allowed by ICANN to offer 1 and 2 character domain names to .coop
registrants. In late 2009, we had a number of interesting
applications for .coop domains that say a lot - with a little.
The Co-operative Press Ltd in the UK
grabbed the domain "s.coop" which lets them "scoop" the competition
with their news items for co-ops. This award-winning cooperative
news organization knew they wanted a "memorable way to visit our
website." The Co-operative Press is the oldest co-operative
newspaper in the world but they certainly are ahead of the pack in
seeing how this special option for .coop domains could give them a
very special name on the Internet.
DotCoop also worked closely with a
co-op that wanted to use a two-character domain that is also a
country code domain (like .de or .jp). These names can be
registered but require the approval of the country code domain
organization. dotCoop worked with the registrant and the domain
organization to make this a reality for them and is happy to help
other registrants as well.
We'll update you as these special
sites are activated but if you've been thinking about getting one
of these domains, be aware that other co-ops are picking these up
quickly. All you need to do to get one of these names is submit a
simple "Expression of Interest (EOI)" form (available on www.coop) and the name can be registered
with many of our .coop registrars.
Let us know if we can help you and
your registrar to get one of the great names for your co-op!
Video - How Does the Internet Work?
A recent article from CircleID.com, a
widely followed Internet news distributor, caught our eye recently.
There was a link to a great video that shows how the Internet
actually connects people typing in a domain name (hopefully a .coop
domain!) to your web site.
If you've ever wondered what "DNS" has
to do with the Internet, this is definitely worth a few minutes of
your time -
From the "CircleID Weekly Wrap" for
In Their Own Words. . .
Propulsés depuis toujours par la
double volonté de respecter les traditions les plus pures et de
figurer parmi les innovateurs de ce monde, nous avons bâti ensemble
la plus formidable organisation dédiée aux
produits de l'érable
que l'on puisse imaginer.
Chaque jour nous avançons fièrement, chaque jour nous affirmons
notre mission en repoussant les limites de la qualité et du
Notre évolution est marquée par notre signature corporative à
l'image de ce que nous sommes au plus profond de
nousmêmes: des producteurs de pures innovations.
Building on our longstanding twin
commitments to uphold the purest traditions of our craft and serve
as an international leader in our industry, we have worked together
to develop a truly impressive maple
Each day we proudly do our best to uphold our mission and
raise the bar for product quality and refinement.
Our corporate signature reflects the essence so deeply ingrained in
our core: we are producers of pure innovation.
Seattle Metropolitan Credit
Since 1933, Seattle Metropolitan
Credit Union has provided financial services to the employees and
family members of the City of Seattle. Since then, we have expanded
our charter to include anyone who lives or works in the state of
We help members achieve their financial goals to realize their
Come Together. Share a Resource. Join
Operation:Cooperation is an online
resource for co-ops, nonprofit organizations and groups of all
sizes across Washington State. The goal is not only to provide a
venue for these groups to promote their causes, but to share their
stories and first-hand experiences about what it's like to champion
a small group, coop, or non-profit.
La cooperativa Sociale
"L'Utopia" nasce nel 1999, con lo scopo di creare
opportunità di lavoro imprenditoriale nella Locride per le persone
con handicap. Il nome "L'Utopia"scelto per la nostra cooperativa
deriva dal motto che, insieme abbiamo scelto di condividere e che
"Credi nell'utopia, insegui l'utopia,vivi l'utopia…";
Rajasthan Cooperative Dairy
The Federation was set up in 1977 as
the implementing agency for dairy development programmes in
Rajasthan, India and is registered as a society under the Rajasthan
cooperative societies act 1965. The Federation is a State level
apex cooperative organization owned by its member unions each of
which, in turn, is owned the dairy co-operative societies in its
area of operation which are themselves owned by farmer
["Saras" is the brand of their many products as seen on their
"The Greatness of a Nation can be judged by the way
its animals are treated."
Global Award Interviews on
When we were in Geneva in November, we
were able to take a few minutes of time with each of the
representatives of the winners of the 2009 dotCoop Global Awards
for Cooperative Excellence.
You definitely want to visit our YouTube site and listen to all
three of the winners from IFFCO, the NCGA and Pachamama Coffee
Cooperative talk about what makes them great cooperatives!
Click here to listen -http://www.youtube.com/user/TheDotCoop
Sing up for future information for the 2011 Awards on www.globalawards.coop.