With my current domain, luis.codes, set to expire next month, I was contemplating whether or not I should renew it. It is more on the expensive side ($72/mo), and it's not really perfect for what I want it to say about me. I don't just code, I design and create digital experiences. As much as I would have liked to have luis.dev, I unfortunately missed the boat on that, so I went out looking at what other options I have available to me.
My criteria is not too bad I don't think, I just want something short, not too expensive, and with a TLD that I can use personally and professionally.
Namecheap claims to have 479 different TLDs, which is pretty incredible! There are a ton of options at different price points, but as usual, the ones suited to a developer are mostly taken for (.dev, .io, .sh, etc).
After sifting through the options, I ended up securing luis.earth while I decide whether or not I would really like to use that. I thought it might be good for me because it stands out, and I could use a subdomain for my site (dev.luis.earth), I can setup an email such as firstname.lastname@example.org, and as someone who is environmentally conscious it might signify that I care about the planet. Since it is generic enough, it doesn't shoehorn me into doing one thing (just codes, or just a dev, just designs, etc). I have been writing it out with email addresses and website urls to see if it looks good, and I think I am happy about it but just worried it doesn't fit how just about every other developer uses .dev or the like.
Maybe I am thinking about it too much. Do you think that a TLD is really important, or so long as it isn't too cheesy it doesn't really matter? Do you include that in your first impressions of a website?