I have had a couple of tel domain names for a while now. I was curious as to what the tel domain name had to offer over standard .co.uk etc.
The main difference was no hosting needed a definite bonus but what could I do with them?
What I wanted was an easy way to advertise phone numbers and Business address’s for small business located around Yeovil and Somerset. So I bought my first bizuk.tel, I wanted a name which appeared top level (May not be the best Choice).
One of the best bits for me is just been able to add a new folder and populate with new subfolders including local business (these folders can contain Phone numbers, web address, notes heading, a small logo, Google map and most other forms of web based communication.
I have now created a new site called repairyeovil.co.uk using my tel domains to provide the information into my standard html web site.
I have used an Iframe to display the folders I need on each page. There are other options using cgi and PHP which I plan to look at soon. There is some useful advice on the telnic.org website for developers.
You can back your domain up into an xml file so you can restore etc if things go wrong.
The tel domain has saved me from creating mysql databases and a lot of PHP.
I am looking at the SEO advantages, the main obvious one is there is plenty of text and no flash graphics.
As with most domain names the cybersquatters have taken some of the better names but I am sure there are still some good combinations to have. I managed to get caravan.tel which lists some local caravan companies.
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