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The .NET web address is a good alternative to .COM domain names. Many great domains are still available that have been registered under .COM long time ago. As it is a so-called generic top-level domain (gTLD), anyone worldwide is entitled to register .NET domain names. You can also buy .NET domains with special characters (e.g. Umlauts, Accents) and foreign alphabets (e.g. Chinese, Arabic or Japanese).
If you are after a personal domain name and you can't get the .COM with your FirstnameLastname, you should consider to purchase a .NET web address instead.
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Your domain registration questions, answered
How does getting a domain work?
There are two pieces to this equation. First, there are domain registries that own the individual top-level domains (like Verisign, which owns .com, .net, and a few other TLDs). Then there's us, the domain registrar, which provides a big online store that houses all the TLDs in one convenient location. When you register a domain, we reserve it for you through the individual registries... like an Amazon of sorts if you were looking for an HDMI cable.
Are there any additional things I need to buy?
Nope, every domain we sell comes with all the bells and whistles attached. If the TLD supports WHOIS privacy, we turn it on automatically. If you want to transfer your domain to another registrar, we don't have any secret add-ons to keep you tied down. And we don't place any weird ads or parking pages on unused domains — we don't see that much anymore, but it was a thing companies have done in the past.