The first step when creating a website is to choose a domain name for it. With thanks to Nominet for the inspiration for this post, here is a list of things to consider to help you make that choice :
- As well as using it for your website (e.g. www.silverbrook.co.uk), the domain name will also be used for your email address(es) (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) so try to ensure it is not too long.
- Is it easy to pronounce?
- Is it easy to spell, or is there a chance of people getting the spelling wrong?
- Does it make sense? I.e. is it clear why you’ve chosen it?
- Does it match/complement your business name?
- Does it explain what you do?
- Does it contain keywords which could help with SEO (search engine optimisation)?
- Is it easy to remember? (the shorter the better and try to avoid hyphens or numbers etc.)
- Is it futureproof? I.e. is it usable as your business grows and changes what it offers?
- Do you want a .com, .co.uk, .biz, .net etc.? “.co.uk” is the recommended one for UK based customers, but sometimes a “.com” or a “.org” might work or sound better. Also consider if you need to secure the different versions, e.g. registering the “.co.uk” and the “.com” domain names and redirecting one to the other.
- Have you asked for feedback? It’s a good idea to get a shortlist of suggestions and ask friends/customers which one they prefer.
- Is it similar to a competitor?
- Is the name (or similar) already registered elsewhere (e.g. a limited company)?
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Remember that your domain name is your own, so I recommend that you register it yourself which gives you greater control in the future. I can help you with this process too.