Lesson 12: How to Choose and Register a Domain Name
Important tips for choosing a domain name
I want to give you some useful and important tips for choosing a good domain name for your website. A domain name is basically the address where your website can be found on the internet. Of course, it depends on where you are going to host your website, whether you are going to use a free webhost or a paid hosting service.
Most of the free hosting services will give you the option to choose a website name which is
then used as a sub-domain of the webhosting provider´s domain name, so your website
address on the internet would become something like: http://yourname.hostname.com
1. Keep the name of your website short, easy to read and easy to remember. If your website is about you (f.ex. if you are publishing your pictures or your personal life experiences, your daily ramblings about what you do, etc ...), then you could even use your name.
2. A good option is to compose a domain name which reflects the main topic of your website.
Whether you want to use hyphens to separate words or not is up to you. The main reason why
you see some domain names composed with hyphen-separated keywords is that there has
been an advantage in achieving better search engine rankings. But these days are over
and its much more user-friendly to have a name without hyphens. Here are some examples
of this type of domain name to get you inspired:
3. Another option would be to create a fantasy name or a construct that uses the initial
letters / syllables of words. Some examples are companies and website names like "Google",
"Yahoo", "eBay", "Jamba", "Napster", "Gimpsy",
Also make sure that your website name is easy to spell. Don´t use words that are likely to be misspelled in order to avoid confusions.
VERY IMPORTANT: Don´t use trademarks, brand and company names in your website name unless you have a written permission of the trademark holders. An example of a website which uses a registered trademark inside the domain name is http://www.googlecash.com ( I´m pretty sure they have Google™´s permission ).
Where and how to register a domain name
The importance of flexibility: Although many web hosting providers also offer domain
name registrations, you should go with an independent service because of two reasons:
Here´s a video that walks you through each step for registering a domain at Godaddy. During the registration process, you´ll be offered a lot of different things you don´t need. I´ll show you how to get around these up-sells quickly.
Visit GoDaddy.com now to register a domain name for your website.
While you do not have a webhost yet, Godaddy will park your domain for free and display a "coming soon" message. I will show you later how you can manage your domains in your GoDaddy account, especially how to point your domain to your webhost.
Now that you have a name for your website, you can go ahead and create a logo for it. The next lessons shows you how to use a free online service to create simple but quite pretty logos and buttons.
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