Why are .tt domains so expensive?
According to the breakdown over at ttnic, theliminghouse.tt would cost USD $500 upront, and then an additional USD $500 every five years, from the third year after registration.
And that’s if it were registered from a local (i.e. Trinbagonian) address; applications from a foreign address would cost twice that. Ouch.
None of the limers here have that kind of cash to splash out on a domain name (though donations are welcome…), but Matthew “WordPress” Mullenweg does – and he’s now the proud owner of ma.tt.
Mr Mullenweg blogged about his .tt acquisition, and some of his observations are worth highlighting.
Like the “90s-era” design of the ttnic site.
And the fact that
…to register a domain in Trinidad/Tobago you have to do an international wire to their bank, they don’t accept credit cards…
Or this little tidbit:
So about two weeks ago I went to the bank, wired the money to their foreign account and then… didn’t hear anything for a week. At first I wondered if I had been scammed 419-style, but then I got an email from their admin that everything was set up.
I’m sorry, but that is just – ghetto.
It is not even remotely acceptable that setting up a domain should require a trek to one’s bank, particularly when one is already having to cough up several hundred dollars. And having to wait a week for confirmation? Really?
This is a fine point, given the crimedrugsfailinginfrastructurepoliticalgimmickryetc with which Trinbagonians already have to contend.
It is also indicative of how much work there is to be done before T&T can truly call itself developed.
The road is long.