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The Perfect Domain Name for your JavaScript Library or Framework

The Perfect Domain Name for your JavaScript Library or Framework

You'll learn how to get your js.org subdomain and register your own js.org and js.com domain name for your JavaScript projects.

Waren Gonzaga

Published on Dec 4, 2021

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Let's say you've published your first open-source JavaScript library or framework, now what? That's it? ๐Ÿค” Having an open-source project is like having a child. ๐Ÿ‘ถ You need to take care of it and love your project. Let everyone know about your project, it might help them to make their life easier. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Now, your open-source project should have at least a basic homepage then improve it from time to time as you have free time to work on it. Here's the question, what is the best domain name for a JavaScript library or framework? ๐Ÿค”

js.org Subdomain Name

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Here's the answer to the question above, js.org for me is the best and perfect domain name for every open-source JavaScript library or framework. I made several open-source projects under this domain and it looks professional and making your project stand out among the rest.

My projects are under the js.org domain name.

  • buymeacoffee.js.org - A simple and lightweight but powerful Node.js client for Buy Me a Coffee API.
  • gathertown.js.org - A simple and lightweight but powerful Node.js client for Gather Town API.

More projects coming soon...

As you can see, you'll probably think that these are the official libraries for the services right? Well, the buymeacoffee.js.org is considered official recently and the gathertown.js.org is currently under consideration. Your project will stand out if you put effort into it. โœจ

Popular projects under js.org domain name.

  • webpack.js.org - A static module bundler for modern JavaScript applications.
  • discord.js.org - A powerful Node.js module that allows you to interact with the Discord API very easily.

js.org is FREE

You'll probably think that having a js.org domain name requires any payment? ๐Ÿ˜…

The answer is NO! You can enjoy your domain name for FREE forever. ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’– But, you might want to consider donating to the organization? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™

I'm not affiliated with js.org I just love what they are doing to help others. Why not write a simple blog for them? ๐Ÿ˜

Get Your js.org Domain Name

I'm not going to teach you the step-by-step process because it is already indicated here. What I'm gonna do is to share my experience of how I got my first js.org domain name (buymeacoffee.js.org) instead. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

The first thing you need to do is to think about what name you are going to use under js.org? Figure out this one first before applying to avoid duplicates. Try to visit the site if it is existing or not. If not, then you are good to go! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Don't forget to read their terms of service before applying for a subdomain name under js.org.

If you agree with the terms then read the official documentation.

Now, once you have the basic information about js.org then I'm gonna share with you how I got my js.org subdomain name.

Name Your js.org

Think the best possible subdomain under js.org, that time I was thinking of buymeacoffee.js.org which is for me a professional domain name for an open-source project. It makes me happy when reading it or says it word by word. ๐Ÿฅฐ

To clarify things, before I apply for the subdomain the project is already existed for about 1 year. I'm not saying that don't apply if your project is too young or new. What I'm saying is to apply for a subdomain if your project is for long-term purposes and you want to make it public.

Fork js.org Repository

Make sure you have a GitHub account to get started. Let's assume you have an account and you know how to fork repository, now let's fork the official repository to your account. ๐Ÿš€

In my case, I forked it into my account. โœŒ

Add Your js.org to the List

Now let's add your preferred js.org subdomain or my buymeacoffee.js.org subdomain to the official list. Open the file cnames_active.js and add yours!

I add buymeacoffee.js.org based on alphabetical order for example below.

var cnames_active = {
  // more subdomains above...
  "butterfly": "cname.vercel-dns.com", // noCF
  "buttermilk": "buttermilk.netlify.com",
  "buymeacoffee": "warengonzaga.github.io/buymeacoffee.js", // here!
  "bwb": "shbwb.github.io/bwb",
  "bwb-docs": "shbwb.github.io/bwb-docs",
  // more subdomains below...
}

After the changes, prepare the PR! Don't PR immediately! Just ready for the PR! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Your Reason for js.org

The js.org is free for everyone, but consider applying if you have a valid reason. Honestly, before applying I published a discussion about the plan of applying to js.org for the project BuyMeaCoffeeJS. I guess following what I do is the best way to get your js.org subdomain. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Let's ask for Pull Request

Here's my pull request for the buymeacoffee.js.org you can follow the format I did and see the conversation with the maintainer. That time, I was using Vercel for the deployments but we are having some weird issues so I switched to GitHub pages instead. I didn't remove the Vercel since I am using a separate domain for a reason. I love to keep this domain name buymeacoffeejs.warengonzaga.com since this is the default and first homepage URL of the project. ๐Ÿ˜…

Enjoy Your js.org

As you review my recent pull request it is successful with mild issues due to weird issues in Vercel. That's why this is my perfect example to share with you how I got my first js.org subdomain. ๐ŸŽ‰

Your js.org subdomain should be available in no time. Please consider donating to the organization as they are helping thousands of open-source projects. ๐Ÿ’–

Congrats on your first js.org subdomain! ๐ŸŽ‰ Don't forget to share it with me in the comments below.

Pros and Cons of js.org

Almost everything has its pros and cons. Let's get straight to the pros and cons right away!

js.org Pros

  • It's FREE! Forever.

    Yes, free forever! You don't need to pay yearly for your domain name.

  • Easy to Apply.

    As you can see, it is easy to apply if you have a valid reason!

  • Active Community.

    So active that you can get a response within 24 hours.

  • Helpful Maintainers.

    The maintainers are so helpful and understanding, very responsive!

js.org Cons

  • No control to DNS settings.

Honestly, you can't manage the js.org domain. They are providing subdomain access only. Every time you have changes to your subdomain you need to contact them.

  • Public use only.

If you are planning to use your project for commercial use then I would suggest buying a dedicated domain instead of using js.org subdomains.

  • Vendor-specific hosting.

In my case, I have an issue with Vercel while adding the subdomain. Don't worry you can still add Vercel hosted page, I'm just not lucky I guess lol. To make it work you need to host your page under GitHub or GitLab pages.

For me, that's all the pros and cons of using the js.org domain. Overall, I love what they do! ๐Ÿฅฐ

js.org/js.com Domain Name

Wait, what? ๐Ÿค”

Pay attention! We are talking recently is your.js.org which is a subdomain! This time, we are talking about a root domain name or yourjs.org / yourjs.com.

Let's get to the point, this is a perfect domain name for your JavaScript library or framework if you want to have complete control of your domain name if you are planning to make it commercial sooner or have personal reasons. I don't have any yourjs.org/yourjs.com domain names. ๐Ÿ˜

Here are some of the popular JavaScript projects with their own js.org/js.com domain names.

  • nodejs.org - Node.js is an open-source, cross-platform, back-end JavaScript runtime environment that runs on the V8 engine and executes JavaScript code outside a web browser.
  • parceljs.org - Parcel combines a great out-of-the-box development experience with a scalable architecture that can take your project from just getting started to a massive production application.
  • gulpjs.com - A toolkit to automate & enhance your workflow.

Register Your js.org/js.com

Register your js.org or js.com domain name to a domain name registrar. I recommended registering your domain to Namecheap or Cloudflare.

Please keep in mind that this is not free. You'll have to pay yearly for registering your domain. If you don't have funds or working on free software then I would recommend you to stick to the js.org subdomain name instead.

Next move? Point your domain name to your hosting. ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜‚

Conclusion

As you notice, the same pattern right? ๐Ÿ˜…

Most of the JS libraries and frameworks should have a JS suffix to their name to indicate that they are libraries or frameworks. In my opinion, this is part of the tradition or culture. When we are working with JavaScript we intend to name it script.js and for making it short we call it scriptjs and eventually when we add styling to it we can say ScriptJS then if we want to register a dedicated domain name based on that name, we'll end up using scriptjs.org or scriptjs.com or script.js.org are you with me? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

For me, that's the reason why I call perfect domain name for your JavaScript library or framework.


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