Choosing The Right Domain For Your Website

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Rules and Regulations Of Domain Names

When it comes to choosing the right domain name for your website, there can be a lot to consider that you may not have thought about. So we have compiled a list of top tips to choosing the right domain. 

Brainstorm Keywords

A great place to start is by selecting around 5 key terms or phrases you have in mind that best describe the domain you’re seeking. You can then take that list and start playing around with prefixes and suffixes until you discover a catchy name you like. 

Keep It Unique 

It can be difficult enough trying to build your brand name when you are a start-up business. To save potential customers from confusion, create your own unique URL that isn’t a hyphenated or misspelled version of an already existing brand.

Aim For .co.uk & .com Domains

If you are serious about building a successful website for your business you should be looking to secure yourself either a .co.uk or a .com domain as your default. Websites like 123-reg and GoDaddy are great places to search and purchase an available domain. 

Simple But Effective

Choose a domain that is easy to remember and straightforward to spell as you want people to be able to spread the word of your domain. Also, a short domain can be easily printed onto business cards and will leave more characters in the URL for your sub-pages.

Avoid Numbers and Hyphens

It’s easy for people to misunderstand your URL if it includes numbers and hyphens. For example, if you had a 5 in your URL, people could be confused about whether to use the number or spell it out as five. 

Be Memorable 

There are millions of registered domain names, so having a short, catchy and memorable domain name is essential. 

Domain Name Extension

  • .co – an abbreviation for company and community
  • .info – informational sites
  • .net – technical, internet infrastructure sites
  • .org – non-profit and non-commercial organisations 
  • .biz – business or commercial use
  • .me – blogs or personal sites

If you are looking to own a domain name in another country, you should bear in mind there are rules and regulations to comply with. 

For example; 

  • In order to register for a French (.FR) domain name, any legal entity would have to have its headquarters or principal place of business within the territory of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland.
  • To register for a German (.DE) domain, its imperative to state German contact information otherwise it is impossible to register a domain. 
  • Anyone can register for a Spanish (.ES) domain name on a first come first serve basis. However, anyone applying has to provide an ID number from a government-issued ID.
  • For an Italy (.IT) domain name, individual and juridical persons residing in or belonging to a European Union Member State can register. Al others have to use a trustee service to register.  
  • When it comes to Norwegian (.NO) domains, only residents and organisations in Norway can register. They must declare and confirm their eligibility or identification codes and organisation numbers.  

Lacey Tech Solutions is a professional and enthusiastic website development company that offers a range of services. If you need advice or assistance when it comes to purchasing a domain name, then give Lacey Tech Solutions a call on 01252 518233.  

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