UnSource:List of domain hacks

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According to Wikipedia, "a domain hack is an unconventional domain name that combines domain labels, especially the top-level domain, to spell out the full "name" or title of the domain, making a kind of pun... In this context, the "hack" represents a clever trick (as in programming), not an exploit or break-in (as in security)."

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List of active domain hacks

This list contains names in active use only (not parked as linkspam, under construction, unregistered, "for sale" or failing to resolve). These appear in order of top-level domain used. This most often corresponds to the name of the country of registration, which may differ entirely from the countries in which the actual site is hosted or most actively used.

Third-level domains

Most of these domains rely on finding a TLD which allows anyone to register a domain at the second-level. There are a few exceptions, where an existing domain category spells a valid phrase (.co.il, .co.in, .co.ck, .co.at, .com.bo, .co.me, .com.my for companies in Israel, India, Cook Islands, Austria, Bolivia, Montenegro, Malaysia respectively - also .ac.id and .ac.me for academia in Indonesia and Montenegro), but these are rare.

Occasionally, a domain hack will be built using a subdomain within a regular second-level domain, such as de.lirio.us; another variant is to spill the name into the URL path, yielding an address like now.im/redirected

The .name and .pw top-level domains are special cases, as both accept personal third-level registrations under nearly any arbitrarily-created second-level name instead of just the standard .com. .net. .org. style of subcategorisation.

See also

  • A short-lived Wikipedia list of ccTLD's allowing registration of second-level domains to foreign entities.

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