Everything in this world is identified by its name and creates a virtual image in your mind. Naming is linguistic design and good domain names are important part of the overall design of website. Your domain name is the center of your Internet identity. It should be recognizable and relate to your business name, brand, product, and/or activities. It establishes a theme for the branding of a website before people even visit it for the first time. The domain names are ‘dotsomething’ piece of information that you put in your browser or search engine bar when trying to open a website.
- You can register any domain name that is available for registration. (not already been taken)
- Your domain name and your company name can be different.
- No legal requirements, just pick, register and pay.
- Your email address will become part of your domain name, so choose a short, easy to remember name.
Here are some Tips for Choosing a Domain Names:
Best is “.com”:
If you are looking for a domain name for a business then it’s best to choose the .com TLD (top level domain) the most widely accepted domain extensions. Yes, there are still some very successful businesses that have domain names ending in .net or .org. but there is a chance having a lot of your customers forget that your domain names ends in .net and instead type in your domain .com when they go to find your website.
Choose domain names that only has one possible spelling. Most people cannot spell website names correctly, so make it easy for your website visitors to remember by choosing domain names without a confusing spelling.
Short and sweet:
Shorter your domain name then it’s easy for your visitors to remember. It is easy for your visitor to type and it’s easy for your visitor to tell others about your domain names.
No Hyphens (-):
If at all possible then avoid using a hyphenated domain names. Sure, many businesses will use domain names with a hyphen or even two or three. But the two main problems with hyphenated domain names is that people forget where the hyphens go (or forget them altogether) and hyphenated domain names can lose traffic to similar domain names that do not have hyphens.
Domain names are being snatched up faster than pizzas at the Pizza Hut. You must register soon unless you want to get stuck with “the-domain-name-that-no-one-wanted.net”.
One may not be enough:
Sometimes, it isn’t a bad idea to register 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.
Singular vs. Plural:
Make sure that you set up a website on the domain that makes the most sense when choosing between the singular and plural of the words in your domain name. One thing that you definitely should do is purchase both the singular and plural variation of your domain name. If applicable and then redirects the not as good sounding domain to the best sounding domain.
Type-In traffic is when someone navigates directly to a website by simply typing in what they are looking for and then “.com” on the end into their URL bar in their browser. If you can find an exact match keyword only domain name then you have a good chance of receiving some type in traffic to the domain and also receiving some Search Engine Optimization (SEO) benefit to using the domain name as well.