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Domain names around Seattle

Here are some notable domain names I saw around Seattle over the past month.

I spent the past month in Seattle on my annual “escape the Texas heat” vacation. And while people up here have complained about the 80+ degree days, it’s much nicer than what Austin is experiencing right now.

During my visit, I came across a handful of domain names that caught my attention. Here are some of them:

My understanding is that Renton has typically been the working class and manufacturing part of Seattle. Renton has become more attractive for living and office space as the rest of the city has become insanely expensive.

That seems to be part of the idea behind Southport, a big development on the southern edge of Lake Washington. I walked through the beautiful new Hyatt Regency and came across a sign promoting Southport:

An ad for Southport in Seattle. is owned by Digimedia. Southport is trying to pitch a lifestyle, so I understand why it went with for its marketing.

While walking to lunch one day I spotted on the side of a van. I always like seeing companies put three letter domains to use.

RFI Communications & Security Systems is a West Coast commercial security system design company.

RFI is a commercial security company that uses

Biking is a popular way to get around in Seattle but the hills can be an impediment.

This poster caught my attention for its use of a .bike domain name to promote a kit that adds motorized power to your bicycle:

An ad for forwards to I understand why they are promoting the .bike domain instead!


I’ll finish with a perplexing non-domain. Take a look:

This van doesn’t have a domain name on it.

You see this type of promotion (to just Google the company name) a lot in Japan. But not in the States. It doesn’t make much sense to me why you’d send someone to Google rather than directly to your website.

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Author: Andrew Allemann

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