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URL Availability Competition, During "Buy a Domain", Is Similar To "Create a Blog"

Some Blogger blog owners, trying to setup a new blog, discover the hard way that other people are trying to do the same thing.
When I try to use "Create a blog", I keep seeing
This name is not available.
Blogger is saying it's available - but as I begin to register, it says that it has already received a request for this name.

Other blog owners discover that the competition between Blogger blog owners, when using "Create a blog", also applies to "Buy a domain". And worse yet, "Buy a domain" involves competition with would be website owners outside Blogger / Google.

Besides the competition with other buyers, there's a problem that the domain purchase process takes time - and during the purchase process, someone else can be purchasing the same domain also.

The longer the purchase process takes you, the greater the possibility that someone else may "steal" the domain from you. You, and the unseen other person, may start the purchase at the same time - but the person who gets the money to their registrar first gets the domain.

Let's use "Create a blog" as a simple example of an address selection process.

  1. You type the blog name, of your choice.
  2. With every character you type, Blogger checks for availability.
  3. Initially, with not enough characters typed, you see bad news.
    Sorry, this blog address is not available.
  4. When you have typed enough characters so you are now requesting a unique name, you see good news.
    This blog address is available.
  5. Since you have, hopefully, already entered a Title and selected a Template, you now hit the "Create blog!" button.
  6. Hoping that you were fast enough, the address which was available half a second previously is available as you hit the button - and the blog name of your preference becomes your new blog name.
  7. If you were not fast enough, someone else might have snuck in front of you. Instead of seeing your new blog, you now see the bad news.
    Sorry, this blog address is not available.

The "Create a blog" wizard is simple.

  1. You see good news.
  2. You hit "Create blog!".
  3. You are done.

Even with a "Create a blog" selection period of 1 second - and if your reflexes are not that good, it could take you longer - you could lose out. What if the selection process was longer - instead of 1 second, say 5 minutes? The "Buy a domain" process is a bit more complicated, than "Create a blog".

  1. You enter an available domain URL.
  2. You hopefully see the good news.
  3. Now, you pay for the purchase.
  4. You enter all of the details, about your bank account.
  5. Google charges your bank a token amount, to verify that you actually entered a valid bank account number.
  6. You hopefully see more good news.
  7. Now, Google passes the purchase to the registrar.
  8. The registrar sends the actual purchase to your bank.
  9. Your bank credits the account of the registrar.
  10. The registrar then registers the domain, in your name.
  11. Google can then setup the addresses in the domain.
  12. Blogger can then publish the blog, to the domain.
  13. And hopefully, the blog is now live (and In Transition) with the domain URL.

The "Buy a domain" wizard is not simple.

  1. You enter an available domain URL.
  2. ...
  3. The registrar registers the domain, in your behalf.
  4. You are done.

Unfortunately, during the amount of time that it takes your bank to pay your registrar, somebody else could be buying the same domain, from another registrar. The longer that it takes your registrar to get paid, the greater the chance that someone else may register the domain, which you have supposedly paid for, before your purchase is complete.

Unfair? Certainly. But, based on the worldwide Internet based domain registry system, it can happen. What's worse, the symptoms of an unsuccessful domain purchase are similar to an attempted purchase restart.

And that leaves you with the uncertainty, when you post in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken.
Blogger is saying it's available - but as I begin to register, it says that it has already received a request for this name.
And sometimes, after you wait the legendary 2 to 3 days, you find that someone else bought the domain, while you were waiting.


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