What’s in a [domain] name?

Posted by on Feb 9, 2014 in Blog, domain names, Tips, website | No Comments


what’s in a domain name?
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What’s in a Domain Name?

Now that we’re all back at work fighting the fight and bringing home the bacon, it’s time to get back to our work: The Secret Life of Websites.

If you’re on the web, everything hinges on your Domain Name. If you want to be on the web, it all begins with your Domain Name. We can help.


Here’s what you need to know:

1. Come up with a Domain Name that is your business name, but as short as possible. Avoid hyphens and punctuation.

2. Check to see if it’s already a website. Type in www.”possibledomainname”.com and see what comes up.

3. If there is no website, see if your Domain Name is available on who.is.  If it’s taken, you can contact the owner and offer to purchase, bid at auction, or come up with another name.  

4. If your Domain Name is available, purchase it at register.com or godaddy.com for around $10.  Stick with .com for business and .org for nonprofits. Don’t venture into .biz, .net and beyond.

5. If  possible, buy other .com or .org options. Think about what potential clients might type in. Your web designer can then “point” those other names at your primary site.

6. Purchase private registration only if you want to hide your information. In addition, your web designer can make your email go through your site at no monthly cost.

7. Domain Names expire!  Buy it for one year, two years, five years, or more. Know your expiration date. It’s almost impossible to get back, if it’s not snapped by someone else.

8. Guard your login information! Put it in a safe place and don’t ever lose it!

Questions or need a web interpreter? Email us!

We won’t let you get beat up on the web….

Up next: Hosting, Your Website, then Search Engine Optimization.

Be careful out there!   :-)     – Lois, Don and Sue

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