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5 FAQs To Show You How To Choose A Good Domain Name

Mar 2, 2008
Registering a domain name for the first time? I assume you have many questions in your mind. In this article, let us go through 5 FAQ on how to choose a good domain name.

1) What should I choose?

You should choose a domain name that is meaningful. For example, if you are going to build an information site about gorilla, naturally, you should register "allaboutgorilla dot info" instead of "allaboutmonkeys dot info".

However, if you are building an information website about different types of monkeys, the "allaboutmonkeys dot info" is preferred. In fact, when you are writing about gorilla, you can simply name the page as "allaboutmonkeys dot info/gorilla dot html".

2) Should I choose a long or short version?

Generally, a shorter domain name is preferred over a long one because it is usually easier for people to remember. For example, if you are selling mobile phones, you will want to register "newmobilephones dot com" instead of "averygoodnewandcheapmobilephone dot com".

Of course, there are always exceptions. For example, if you are selling rackets, you will want to register "topqualityrackets dot com" instead of "tqr dot com". In this example, the former domain name is definitely more memorable.

3) Is there any legal issues that I should be aware of?

That is a very good question. There are certain terms that are trademarks. You should not try to register them. For example, you should try to avoid domain name like "delll dot com". If you are unsure, consult a professional who is qualified to give you legal advice.

4) Should I use hyphen in my domain name?

I would advise you not to use hyphen if you can avoid it. Why? Well, let us consider "ilovecoffee dot com" and "i_love_coffee dot com". Generally, when people are searching for a domain name, they will usually type in the domain name without the hyphen first. Therefore, instead of visiting your site, they may end up in your competitor site instead.

However, if your desired domain name is already registered, then you may have to use the hyphened version instead. Alternatively, you may want to approach the owner to see if it is available for sale. You may be able to get it for a good price. Who know?

5) Should I register a ".com", ".net" or ".info"?

In most situations, a ".com" is the best choice because when people are searching for a domain name, they will usually try ".com" first. This is normal as ".com" is a popular extension.

However, there are always exceptions. For example, if you are registering a site for an education institution, naturally, you will want to register ".edu" instead of ".com". That is because in this scenario, when people are searching for educational site, they will search for ".edu" first instead of ".com".
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