What's in a Name?
February 10, 2000
Ever wondered who's got the good square dance domain names? You could go off and do the research, but here's a start:
- Square Dance Sites with Good Domain Names:
- SquareDancing: This site is trying to be all things square dance. It has an events database, with about 113 listings. It offers subdomain hosting: you can be www.squaredancing.com/yourname. It's working on a vendor area. It has a database of callers with about 112 records, an organization database (37 records), and a club database with 177 records.
- SquareDance: This name is owned by someone in Fort Collins, Colorado. It's parked at a site hosting service, but has no active pages. What a shame!
- Square-Dancing: Note the hyphen. Looks like they're in the business of selling website hosting; they have square-dancing and square-dance for all three toplevel domains(.com, .org, and .net).
- Dosado: This site was started by Rob French, a caller in northern California. Rob got involved in an internet startup and Bill Heyman, owner of Supreme Audio has recently taken over. So it's being updated frequently, and Bill is soliciting new and updated listings. It's got the modern e-commerce look: blue and green, left-hand-links, two content columns.
- Dosido: American Square Dance magazine's website. This is the general purpose national square dance magazine. It takes a few clicks, but one can find links to clubs, callers, organizations, and other sites.
- CircleLeft: They're hoping to become the "ultimate destination for square dancers," but they're still under construction. What they have going for them is very modern internet design: teal, purple, and a whorl in the logo.
- SquareThru: A local site for the Houston Square and Round Dance Council. Pretty skimpy links, but they will send you off to Western Square Dancing (aka Dosado).
- SwingThru is owned by a container loading system named (what else?) Swing Thru.
- Swing is, of course, a hardcore site.
- YellowRock is a computer system for optometrists and opticians.
- Caller is owned by the Corpus Christi Caller Times, a daily newspaper.
- SquareDanceCaller is owned by Bruce Simpers, a caller in Maryland. No links.
- SDCaller is owned by someone in Japan. It goes to a blank page.