Welcome to our new website!
As much as we liked our previous website we felt it was getting a bit long in the tooth. We wanted a site that looked better, loaded faster, was more social and generally more simple to use. We believe we’ve accomplished that goal and then some! Ultimately however, it’s your opinion that matters to us. Please let us know what you think of the new site by leaving a comment below.
What’s with the new web address?
When we first set up our website we hunted for a URL that would be easy to remember without being too long. Of course, our first choice was greenlightevents.com however that domain has belonged to a production company in Ireland for quite some time so we needed to find something else.
With the advent of new generic Top Level Domains or gTLDs aka. domain extensions, we decided to try out something different and go with greenlight.services. While reasonable in length and on target with what we do, it ultimately became a bit problematic. The .services TLD ended up being confusing to some of our clients and often times our email addresses would not be accepted by online forms. I lost count of how many times I would try to sign up for a service, enter my email address only to have the form say “please enter a valid email address” because it didn’t consider any email address that ended in “@greenlight.services” to be valid.
So we went back to the drawing board – or GoDaddy in this case – and found greenlightevents.us. We chose this new domain because it has our full business name, a less confusing domain extension and is generally more widely accepted by online forms and such. We’ve already found it easier to use and hopefully you will to!
TLDs… domain extensions…. what the who?
Great question. In short, the domain extension is the last bit of a url that comes after the last dot. The most common and easily recognized are .com, .net and .org. More specialized but still well known are .edu, .mil and .gov. There are also many, country specific domain extensions such as .uk, .au, .ca and of course .us.
In the last few years we have seen the rise of a huge number of generic Top Level Domain. Some more interesting examples include .actor, .beer, .gripe, .ninja, .sucks and our old friend .services. I’m sure as time passes people will get used to using these new domain extensions but for now, and the foreseeable future, we’ll be sticking with greenlightevents.us.
Wanna go deep? See what wikipedia has to say on the topic.