Domain Names

A domain name is the URL that represents your website.  Your .com, .net, .org, .whatever.  It’s usually the first thing you pick before you even come up with a web design.  Shopping for a domain name is fun, but also, slightly overwhelming.  There are so many options, how do you know which to pick?  Which will perform best for you?  Which one best represents what your website is?  It’s a tough decision, but one that doesn’t need to be made alone.  Most domain name registrars (these are the guys selling the domain names), offer suggestions to a name you are looking for.  Consider looking up a domain like “superfatcats.com”.  A website dedicated to your love of abnormally large cats.  GoDaddy, a major website host and domain registrar will tell you if the domain is available or not.  On top of that, they’ll tell you what that domain is worth.  They will also suggest other relevant names that may be a better fit for your fantastic new website.

Domain Name Info and Cost

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Purchasing a domain is like committing to a relationship.  Once you’ve built a website with that domain, it’s likely you’re going to want to keep it for a long time.  Especially if your purrrrfect website blows up and is the next online cat sensation.  Do yourself a favor, commit to a long term buy.  Typically, registrars will offer a discount on domains that are purchased for multiple years versus a month-to-month payment.  This both cost affective and convenient, as you can set up auto renewals, so you never lose that domain name.

If you’re on the hunt for a new domain, and not sure where to start, reach out.  We help clients acquire domains and search for the perfect match for their new website.  If you’re interested in learning more about the history of domains and how they work, check out this cool article by BroadBandSearch.net.  It’s a lengthy article about the history and the structure of a domain name.

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