September 11, 2009 – (HOSTSEARCH.COM) – More than 225,000 bloggers will now be directing readers to their latest posts using a .Me domain extension, thanks to a newly announced partnership between the .ME Registry
and popular blog creation site, WordPress.com. The agreement led to the creation of WP.Me - the world’s first two-letter .ME domain. WordPress
is now offering the domain as a URL shortener…allowing its hosted bloggers to provide abbreviated links to their posts and making it much easier to promote those links on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
“These short links are about 70 percent smaller than the permalinks for a given post,” says Matt Mullenweg, a co-founder of WordPress. “Thanks to our friends at the dot-ME Registry, WordPress is able to offer one of the shortest and most effective URLs available today.”
According to Mullenweg, WP.Me is different from other URL shorteners in a variety of ways:
• Every blog and post on WordPress.com will now have a WP.Me URL.
• They only work with WordPress.com-hosted URLs.
• The links are permanent and will work as long as WordPress.com is around.
• WP.Me is spam-free because WordPress constantly monitors and removes spam from WP.com.
“Dot-ME embraces and celebrates this kind of innovation,” says Predrag Lesic, Executive Director of the .ME Registry. “In the short time dot-ME has existed, our domain extension has broken many barriers to become so much more than just another ccTLD. WordPress saw the potential of dot-ME and we applaud them for it.”
About the .ME Registry:
.ME Registry (the d.b.a. of doMEn, d.o.o.) was chosen by the government of Montenegro to operate the new .ME domain name extension. .ME Registry partners include ME-net, GoDaddy.com and Afilias Limited. ME-net is located in Montenegro and its principals have been leaders in the ICT sector in Montenegro, including the privatization of its largest ISP. GoDaddy.com is located in the USA and is the world’s largest domain name registrar and the largest paid hostname provider in the world, according to Netcraft Ltd. Afilias Limited is headquartered in Ireland and is a leading registry services provider, supporting more than 15 million domains worldwide.