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Here are 7 Things to Consider Before Buying a Domain Name: For Beginners
Many people don’t really know what to expect when they are buying a domain name. There are several things that you need to think about before you decide on one, and we’ll discuss them in the following article. If you’re just starting out with your own website, this is a great read for beginners!
First of all, we have to answer the question What is a Domain? A domain is the website address that you type into your browser, such as example.com or facebook.com (where example is the domain).
Basically, any string of numbers and letters separated by dots can be a domain name – it just has to work with what’s called An IP Address (which is a number that computers use to talk to each other) in order for internet browsers to connect and load up our web pages!
Domain names have many extensions such as .com .net .org and .info.
The most popular extension is .com shortly followed by .net
The Top Domains:
.com – Is the most popular extension, but it also comes with a cost to own and maintain the domain name as well as renewing each year or so for £10-£15 per year (annually). Some say it’s usually a good idea to register your domains in all their extensions at once but nowadays I don’t think that is strictly necessary unless you want to protect your domain name and are an extremely large company.
1. The domain name should be short and easy to remember.
The First Consideration is that a domain name should be short and easy to remember.
The main reason for this is that a user will remember more easily what you have to offer if they know your name, such as where it’s located or what services you offer in one word. For example: google = search engine; yahoo = web portal ; twitter = social networking site.
This is the most important consideration when picking a domain name because it will be what your customers remember and associate with you!
2. It should be memorable, but not too similar to other popular websites
A domain name should be memorable and not too similar to other popular websites.
If the domain name is extremely close to a website that already exists, people may be confused about which website they actually go on and get frustrated when they can’t find what they are looking for; if it’s very different from another site, people will have trouble remembering it.
In general, try and get a domain name that reflects the niche that you are in.
3. Try making your domain name descriptive of what the site will contain
A domain name that is descriptive of your company makes it easy for people to find you and know exactly what they are getting into before they even visit your website!
This helps prevent confusion about who offers which services, or from where a product originated. A good example would be if I were in the dog training niche and my domain name was allaboutcats.com .That would make it very clear that I am not a dog trainer and if any prospective customers were searching for someone to train their cat, they could inj turn find me more easily. Not that cat training is a thing. Is It?
4.If you are a business, make sure that the domain name is available for purchase before choosing it
Make sure the chosen domain is available before purchasing it (you can check by searching possible host sites). It is also recommended that you register the domain name for a longer period of time to avoid any complications. the most popular places to purchase a domain are Go Daddy, Namecheap Siteground and Bluehost. other options to consider are Domain.com, and Hover.
5. Make sure that there aren’t any misspellings in the domain name or words that might cause confusion with other sites
Make sure that there aren’t any misspellings in the domain name that might cause confusion with other sites. For example, if you’re an estate agent and want to buy the domain name ‘Rightmovez’ make sure that it won’t be confused with Rightmove do you really want to do this, I wouldn’t think so.
6.Avoid using numbers in your domain because they can be difficult to remember when typed into a browser address bar
I wouldn’t use numbers in your chosen domain name because if you do you might find that your intended customers might get confused when typing the domain name into their browser address bar and use the wrong number and go to a completely different site than intended.
7.Check if there are any trademark issues with your chosen domain name (e.g., “gallowayapps.com”)
You might want to check if there are any trademark issues with your chosen domain name, this is especially important for people who like using common words in order to grab the attention of potential customers. For example, Google was originally a misspelling and not an intentional play on words. If you do plan on naming your business after a popular company, you might find that this will cause issues down the road .
If you live in the United States, there are trademark services that can help with your search. https://www.uspto.gov/trademarks/search if you were to type “google” into their search bar at the site any results will show official ownership of Google’s trademark by them or a third party.
Similarly in the UK, the gov.UK website has a similar database to undertake this search to see if a similar trademark to your brand already exists and who owns it.
As mentioned there are a number of places you can purchase a domain name ie.
However one of my favourite places to purchase a domain is Namecheap.
Please our Youtube video below on how to purchase a domain name from Namecheap
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