How do people generally feel toward the .io TLD for personal or family websites? I'm aware that a lot of techy startups use .io, but I'm not a startup. I know that .com is preferred overall, especially for commercial use. But what if the domain name is perfect, except for the TLD?
A little back story: the domain for my personal website is currently first initial, middle initial, last name dot com. Thinking ahead, I thought it would be nice to get a good domain name involving my last name so I can keep it and give not only myself webspace and e-mail, but any family members down the road, too (firstname.lastname@example.org as e-mail and firstname.lastname.io as a URL). I'm also hosting apps like calendar, RSS reader, and other things on there as a shared service. My plan is that this domain would carry on through the family.
I have two variants in my possession: I have "my last name dot io" and also "my last name without the E dot com". I like the .io domain because, obviously, it's my last name un-modified. I worry about the TLD. For the dot-com, the TLD is solid but the flickr-style modifier makes it look kind of hokey. And both domain names might confuse people when giving it verbally, whether it's the spelling or TLD.
With the .io TLD, I'm also a little concerned about the registrar stability. The .io nameservers were down for a little while back in June
, which gives me pause. I know at least with the .com TLD that it's backed by Verisign and is pretty solid.
I've spent a few months thinking about this with no real conclusion. All of the articles I've found about use of the .io TLD is that startups are using it. I haven't found much opinion about its longevity, stability, or usability as a personal/family website. I did stumble upon someone else that uses lastname.io as a personal website. When I asked him of his opinion about the TLD's stability or usability, he said he didn't really think about it and he can move it to another URL if he needed to. I'd rather not have to move it if there's an issue with the TLD later on down the road. What's your opinion?