The Comprehensive Guide For Choosing A Good Domain Name For Your New Website

Before you rush out to the Internet and grab a domain name for your website, there are some things you should consider.

Your Website Name and Domain Name Should Be the Same

It is always best if you can name your domain and your website the same. Having the domain that matches your website makes it easier for those who are looking for you to find you. For example, if you think of Wal-Mart you would think of a URL that has the name Wal-Mart in it. Of course, if you are just beginning your business and you can’t get the URL that matches your site name you’ll have to consider other options.

How Long Should Your Domain Name Be?

You can have a domain name that is up to 67 characters, so you don’t have to settle from short abbreviated URL that’s obscure to your visitors. There still seems to be a lot of banter over what’s better a short or long domain name. Some believe shorter ones are easier to type and there are fewer mistakes, while others argue that a long domain name is easier to remember because it will include keywords. For example, what would you find easier? or What’s the right choice? Go for one that best allows you to use keywords from your website name.

The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Hyphened Name

* Search engines are able to pick out your keywords and thus help to place your site more appropriately.
* The non-hyphenated version of your name may no longer be available, but the hyphenated is.
* It’s easy to forget the hyphens when typing the site name.
* When people recommend your website, they have to remember that you need to put hyphens
in the name.
* Hyphens tend to be a pain.
What to choose – COM, NET, CA, ORG, etc.

One of the most common questions that get asked is what to choose for a domain extension. There are also specific top-level domains available such as ca, nu, de, etc., and it can be confusing whether that’s a better choice. The answer is – if your market is global probably not. If your market is local to a country, region, or city, these can work well for you. But, I would try to get a .com extension first before using another extension. Remember internet users are most programmed to the common domain extensions.

I recommend using to help you in choosing your domain names. They also have video tutorial section on how to use the tool.

How to Register Your Domain Name

You’ve chosen your domain name, now to make it your own you need to register the domain name. Once you’ve done your research into your site’s idea, keywords, etc. and you learned how to pick the perfect domain. Now you need to take that information and turn your site into a reality by registering your domain name. Website hosts and domain names are connected. Let me explain. When a person types in your domain name, it is associated with a specific Domain Name Server, referred to as a DNS address. The DNS databases on the Internet will point each domain name to the server where they are hosted.

So how does this tie-in to understanding how to register a domain name? When you begin the registration process for the domain name you have chosen, you will be asked for the DNS information on your web host. Hence, it’s easier to choose who your web host will be before you register the domain name. There are many web hosts that will actually register your domain for you as part of their hosting service, so you don’t have the hassle. It’s very convenient.

You can also register your domain name and then park the domain name until you choose a web host. At that time you can update the necessary DNS address information with the domain name registrar.

What You Need to Register a Domain Name

When you fill out the registration sort it is important that you provide accurate contact information, so that you can be notified when it’s time renew your domain name or if there are other admin needs that have to be addressed. You will also need to have a charge card. Use an email address that you plan to have for the duration of your site.

Below is the information that is usually required to register a domain name. Much of the information will be the same for registrant, administrative, technical, and billing contact unless the website is a corporate website.

1. Requested domain name
2. Registrant- the person/ company purchasing the domain name.
3. Administrative contact- the person authorized to make decisions.
4. Technical contact- the person who can make technological changes.
5. Billing contact- the person to whom all bills are sent to.
6. DNS server settings- these are supplied by your website host. This usually takes at least 24
hours for the DNS changes to go live.
7. Write down the URL of your domain name registrar and take the time to print out the terms of service along with registration specifics.

Your domain name will be yours as long as you renew it at renewal day. Usually, this is once a year.


Just in case all of this information began to overwhelm you, the key is to think about the domain you choose for your business since changing it later is not easy. Then choose the name, buy it, host it, and move on to the next task: buying hosting.


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