What is a domain name?
A domain name is made up of two parts, typically preceded by www. Let’s use yahoo.com as an example:
- The first part, yahoo, is a unique name that represents the web site.
- The second part, com, is the extension, and stands for “commercial.” There are many extensions available, though .com, .net, .biz, .info, and .us are the most popular extensions in the United States
A good domain name helps you in numerous ways.
Add your domain name to your business card, email signature, and other advertisements.
- Build credibility: Show your customers that you have an established business.
- Improve your marketing: Provide customers an easy way to remember and contact you.
- Protect your brand: Secure the domain name that best represents your business name — and keep it out of the hands of your competitors.
Describe your site as best you can with your domain name. For example, a pair of amateur magicians might use their stage names, some combination of words including magic, or the name of their most famous trick.
How do I choose a domain name?
- Your domain name should reflect your business name or the topic your site will cover.
- It should be a unique and concise name that is easy to say, remember, and spell.
- You can use only letters, numbers, and hyphens in your domain name. Spaces or other symbols are not allowed.
- If your first choice isn’t available, try rearranging the word order, adding hyphens, or using abbreviations or locations to come up with a unique alternative.