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Question: What does the domain name
.ws really stand for?
Answer: The promoters of .ws domain
names want you to believe that it stands for Web Site.
Yet those who have followed the history of .ws have a different
story to relate.
.ws was originally the official domain for
the country Western Samoa. Seeing the potential of the
.ws domain name, two entrepreneurs - Alan Ezeir and Michael
Reed -- decided to embark upon a mission to secure the
distribution rights of .ws. They met with the leaders of
Samoa and were able to reach a deal that would allow their
new company - Worldsite.ws - to assign .ws domains and
give Samoa a percentage of each sale.
The key to their mission was in taking a
domain that stood for Western Samoa and convincing the
public that it now stood for World Site. They marketed
it as a better alternative to .com - your own World Site.
People could register a domain ranging in price from $35
a year to $2,500 a year (for a two letter domain like www.xz.ws).
But World Site apparently didn't attract
as much hype as the team was hoping for as they have recently
started a new marketing campaign saying that .ws now stands
for Web Site. So it's no longer Western Samoa or World
Site, but rather Web Site. Who knows what it may be in
a few more months.
The founders of WorldSite.ws (now known as
WebSite.ws) are not the only ones who coaxed other countries
out of their domains. Two other popular examples or .tv
(originally belonged to Tuvalu) which is being marketed
as "television" domains and .md (originally belonged to
Moldova), which is being marketed as domains for medical
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