Choosing Domain Names For Your Websites

Domain names are the iden­ti­fy­ing address­es of web­sites. The domain name of bobsburgers.com tells you where to find Bob’s Burg­ers on the inter­net. The inter­net is actu­al­ly based upon IP address­es, so the domain names are relat­ed to a domain name serv­er (DNS) sys­tem used to trans­late the domain name into and IP address.

When pur­chas­ing a domain name, you should attempt to relate it to an actu­al busi­ness, per­son or enti­ty. In this way it is more unique and eas­i­er to remem­ber. It also makes a nice email han­dle that peo­ple can remem­ber as well, such as bob@bobsburgers.com.

When you buy domain names, you will also have to find a host­ing com­pa­ny to host the domain name so that you can get onto the inter­net. Com­pa­nies like GoDad­dy, namecheap, 1&1, Host­gater, and DotEasy are host­ing com­pa­nies. Host­ing com­pa­nies also sell domain names, for var­i­ous prices.

Namecheap is just what the name implies, the domains are very inex­pen­sive. DotEasy has domains that are more expen­sive than most, but their host­ing fees are free, with upgrades for more advanced ser­vices. In the mid­dle are Host­ga­tor and 1&1, whose domain prices are mod­er­ate and so are their host­ing fees. GoDad­dy is a lit­tle high­er on their prices, but they have a lot to offer in the way of ser­vices.

In pur­chas­ing a domain name, you can do a search for the name that you would like to have to see if it is avail­able. It may not be avail­able with a .com exten­sion, which is the most pop­u­lar exten­sion. It may, how­ev­er be avail­able with a .net or a .org exten­sion which is per­fect­ly ok.

When web­site build­ing it is sug­gest­ed that you should always attempt to get the title of your web­site into the domain name. If you have a donut shop, the domain name of donuts2go.com would be a good domain name.

The choice of a domain name will iden­ti­fy you quick­ly for online vis­i­bil­i­ty and should be cho­sen care­ful­ly in order to help brand your prod­uct or busi­ness.

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