Do You Know How Important Your Domain Name Is?

November 24, 2011 by  Filed under: Domain 

Your domain name is an aspect of your website that should be sorted before anything else to do with your website. It is one of the most important aspects of your website as it is what allows people to gain access to your website.

There are many considerations to keep in mind when it comes to your domain name. One of these considerations is that your domain should be your businesses name and you are allowed up to 63 characters for your domain name but it is always better to try and keep your domain name at a shorter length as people are more likely to remember it.

Your domain name is the centre of your Internet identity so ensuring that you choose the right one is crucial to the success of your site. Due to this fact it is important that you put a lot of thought and research into choosing your domain name. This article is here to help you in deciding what domain name you should choose for your site by giving you information about what choices are best when it comes to choosing your domain name.

As previously mentioned naming a site after its domain name is important, for the simple reason that when people think of your website, they’ll think of it by name. If your name is also your URL, they’ll automatically know where to go. Also if you come across site names that are the same as a trademarked name that belongs to an already established company then it is recommended you stay well away as buying a domain of this nature will more than likely end up with you facing the lawyers of the trademarked company. One of the best ways I feel that you should go about when deciding on your domain name is by settling on a few ideas then asking people what they think about the names that you have came up with; you never know this may be the deciding factor of your domain name.

As well as asking other people what they think of your domain names you should also ask yourself is your name easy to say? Is it hard to spell? And do have to explain why you chose your domain name? If you can answer no to all of these questions then you are onto a winner.

Once you have came to a decision regarding your domain name your next decision or thought should be turned to whether you want a .com, .co.uk, .net, .org, .biz etc domain name. Which one you choose is pretty much based on what your business is and where your business is based but the one that is basically recommended is a .com name. This is because a .com name is the first type of website address that people think of when attempting to find a site; it is also one of the oldest forms of domain name, which would show to a viewer that your site is an established site that has been around a while.

Once you have made the decision of your actual domain name and what form of domain name you want you can then go on to check the availability of a domain name. However when you are checking the availability of a domain name, merely typing the name into an Internet browser won’t tell you if it is available as someone could have brought the name but not yet used it in relation to a website. So when you are checking the availability of a website you need to check with aspects such as WHOIS who have details of registered and available domain names. This allows you to type in your desired domain name to see if someone has already claimed it. If no one has then you are free to register the domain name as your own.

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