3 Steps for Choosing your Website Domain
1. Compile a list of names
- Chances are your ideal name will be taken, so think of a few
- Your domain name should be your website name
- It should match your brand name
- Your domain name should be short, but avoid acronyms as these are unmemorable
- If you can’t get a .com suffix it’s acceptable to use a local domain suffix if you cater to a local market. You can also use .net .org, etc (just remember to advertise your website with the suffix)
- Act quickly. Get that domain name before you start your business or site. Don’t procrastinate or your name could get snapped up in a minute!
2. Ask your web host for the names of both their primary nameserver and their secondary nameserver. Your domain registrar will need to know where your website is located. If you don’t yet have a web host, then the registrar will simply ‘park’ your chosen domain at a temporary site in your name.
3. Register your domain using an online domain registrar. First, you need to do a search through one of the domain registrars to see if your chosen name is available. Chances are it’s not, but there will likely be different variations of your name and different suffixes available. For example, if you want the name expressbar.com you may find that other variations are available.
For even more tips and expert advice on registering your website domain, we recommend that you read this comprehensive domain registration guide.