Choosing the Best Domain Name
Choosing a domain name is probably the most important part of establishing your new online business or web site. The domain name provides the first impression of your web site to perspective visitors. That is the reason why all new web site owners must take a few moments to choose a domain name that properly represents their web site, business, or message.
When you are ready to start trying to come up with a domain name it is important to take some time to think of what the purpose of your web site will be and what you hope to accomplish with the web site. Decide what you want the web site to be associated with and think of all the words that best describe your product, service, or message. Make sure the domain name does not distract from your web sites purpose or message.
Part of choosing your domain name is deciding what extension that you would like your domain name to have. Extensions refer to the .com, .biz, .org, .us, or .net that will become part of your domain name. Be sure that you choose an extension that is going to be appropriate for your new web site. Most .org web sites are used to represent nonprofit organizations and .biz domains are usually used for businesses. Try not to choose an .org or .biz for a web site that is being built for personal or entertainment use.
Once you have come up with several potential domain names it is time to start checking to see if the domain names are available. Chances are, if you have thought of the perfect name someone else had a similar thought and has already registered that perfect domain name. This is more likely in cases of .com domain registrations since many .com domains are registered quickly. Also, short or one word, domain names are likely to be registered before longer domain names.
If you have decided on an alternative extension such as an .us or even .net then you are more likely to get the domain name that you like. Even if you have planned to register a certain .com that is not available consider registering the same name or phrase using another extension if one is available. This might not seem very desirable but dedicated visitors will remember the different, or unusual extension, and it is possible to effectively market your unique extension.