OK, so you want to have your own website, two basic things should be on your check list: A good domain name and some place to host your files so that you can publish your website.
For some of us, these things may not ring a bell but if you want people to find you online, you should provide your domain name like your virtual address. Nowadays, you can easily buy a hosting service and a domain name. Yet, today’s topic is about selecting.
Sky is your limit for choosing a domain name. From your given and surname combination to your company name, a geeky name for your ideas such as easyorigami.com, you can pick almost anything.
Take these tips into consideration when choosing a domain name:
Having a name that stands out as a brand can do a lot for you in the long run. Apparently, there is picking a domain name that is distinguished from your competitors will help build your brand awareness, authority, and it makes it easier for people to recognize you and what you are doing.
Decide on the extension
.com extension is the way to go as far as the top ones are considered. However, European countries like Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and so on, the browsers may have a customized Ctrl + Enter combination. Mozilla Firefox in the Czech Republic, will take you to google.cz if you type google and use Ctrl + Enter. Therefore, if your idea or business is local, don’t worry about not having .com. But a local extension, will not improve your overseas popularity.
If you are shooting really for something big, make sure you register all top tier extensions such as .net, .org, and .info. By doing so, you will keep your domain name out of the hands of others.
Keep Calm and Short
There are hundreds of sites that owe their success to their domain names. Here are some examples:
All of these sites embody deep-rooted trademarks that also happen to have domain names that are memorable.
The examples above have one-word domain names. If you want to combine two words, you may need to think outside the box. Pin and interest came together and Pinterest.com is now the most popular social network on hobbies and trends.
Do not Use Hyphens!
Just move on if the real name you want is already taken. Even email used to be e-mail before and now it said goodbye to the hyphen. It will definitely not promote your business or your ideas. It is not catchy or tempting. It is just ugly.
Where to Register Domain Names
There are plenty of places to find domain names online so the choice is really up to you. The top tier extensions are relatively easier to obtain whereas the local ones may require a further research. For the new ones such as .fashion, .software, .tech, and so on, I highly recommend a well-known site.