Tips on Registering a Domain Name
So, you're ready to jump onto the web - all you need is the perfect domain name (i.e. website name). It sounds easy but as you search for the domain name you want, you find every possible combination of words you considered is already taken. Now what? Here are some tips to help you find a great domain name for your business - despite all the competition out there.
Now that you've done all the research, come up with a marketing strategy, and have design in mind for your website, all that's left to do is pick a domain name. Although that sounds easy to do, it must be a name that everyone will remember and associate with your business. Adding to the challenge is the fact that as more and more businesses build websites, it has become increasingly difficult to find a clever URL that is not already taken. The bottom line is: it is still possible to get a great domain name - you just need to be creative! Here are some tips to help:
The website's name should reflect your company's name, describe the services and/or products provided, or describe what's sold. Keep the name as simple as possible, so customers can remember it. Typically the best names are usually the key words of the name of the company. For example, a pet store that calls itself Posh Pets would want the URL Poshpets.com.
- Use short, easy to remember keywords that describe your business.
For example, some people won't connect that you design and sell chairs with chaise.com.
- If you are a US-based business, keep the name in English.
If two companies are using the same name, try to differentiate your website from theirs. For example, PoshPets.com might be located in Chicago, but yours is located in New York City. Try PoshPetsNYC.com.
- Personalize your name by geography or come up with a synonym.
The extension at the end of your domain name is called a Top Level Domain (TLD). Although .com TLD's are always top of mind, others are gaining popularity and may offer more availability for the domain name you desire.
- Can't register it under ".com" - try the other extensions. Such as .biz, .net, .org.
Your domain name needs to be at least two characters long, and can't contain symbols, such as $ # or @. For example, if your business provides tracking services for the stock market you're not allowed to use $tocks.com.
- Don't use symbols.
A domain name isn't forever and needs to be renewed. Be careful not to accidentally allow your domain name to expire, and have it become available for registration by others. Add your expiration date to multiple calendars so that you don't forget to renew the very key to your online business - your domain name.
- Watch your expiration dates!
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