Tips to Choosing a Domain Name

Tips to Choosing a Domain Name

Your domain name is the center of your Internet identity. Here is a list of things you should keep consideration when choosing the name that will represent you on the Web.

1.Keep it short

Short domain names are always easier to remember and spell. Try to register the shortest name that your customers and visitors will associate with your Website. The general rule of thumb is, keep it under ten characters if possible. (Not including the suffix.)

2.Try to get the .com domain

There are many different extensions available right now. For businesses, we recommend a .com suffix. It is the first extension that most people try when searching for a Website.

3.Register Your Domain NOW

You must register soon unless you want to get stuck with “the-domain-name-that-no-one-wanted.net”. Just get out there and register before you lose the opportunity to get the name you really want.

4.One May Not Be Enough

You can protect your brand by registering several similar domain names. If you have “yourname.com”, register “yourname.net” so no one else takes it. You can register your full company name and a shorter, easier to remember version. Some people even register common misspellings of their company’s name. You can then direct all these domain name to the domain name where you actually host your site.

5.Avoid Trademarks of Other Company

Companies have been known to sue Web site owners for violation of copyright and trademark. So be very careful if you try to confront an existing business. Make sure you register a domain name in good faith, and think about the possibilities and connections that may exist between you and the business to another.

6.Character Types

Domain names can only use letters, numbers, and dashes. Spaces and symbols are not allowed. Also, domain names are not case sensitive, mydomain.com is the same as MyDomain.com

7.Try to Avoid Hyphens/Dashes

Although hyphens “-“are allowed in a domain name, try to avoid them. A domain name with a hyphen is difficult to remember.

8.Ask Around

When you have settled on several available name choices, see what your friends and clients have to say. A name that may make perfect sense to you may be too hard for other people to remember.

  • Is your domain easy to say?
  • Is it hard to spell?
  • Do you have to explain why you chose the name?

And remember; if you think that if you have found the right domain name, but you’re not quite sure if it’s the one… register it anyway before someone else does!

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