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Choosing a domain name is one of the most important things for your site’s success. Your site URL is what gives people their first impression of you. In this guide, we have compiled instructions to help you make a good choice.
A domain name is one or several words that describe your site in the browser address bar. You should get yourself one which will tell people that they need to go no further to find what they are looking for. The domain name has to stand out and be substantial. You can easily generate a decent domain name with tools like Name Mesh, Domainr or Wordoid.
In my opinion it’s better to give it some thought and make up the domain name yourself. For starters, try to make your name easy to remember and type, so the shorter it is the better. But, to give you better guidelines, let’s check out some of the strategies which, in my experience, have proven themselves effective.
To register a domain name, you simply need to indicate your choice when registering your hosting plan. Check our guide on how to choose the right hosting. Hosting providers tend to make this process very easy to ensure that you choose their service over their competitors. You can also go with domain marketplaces or auctions where providers resell the names that aren’t in use anymore, but sound distinctive.
Domain names from reliable companies may cost $10 - $15 per year. Bear in mind that custom and rare domain extensions (other than .com and .net) may increase the price to several hundred dollars.
Consider using specific domain name extensions to signify where you are based. E.g. oldstonegallery.ca means it is a Canadian company, or oldstonegallery.co.uk means it is a British company. If you are dealing with a local market only, then it helps to identify in which country you are located as an alternative to a .com extension.
So it wouldn't go amiss to reserve the domain name you like even if you’re not going to launch a site straight away. It will cost you less than one good meal, but you will be sure that once you are ready, you can commence creating your site using a domain name of your choice.
After you've chosen and purchased your domain name, move on to choosing your website's design among diverse website templates out there.
Now you are well equipped to provide your site with a name that stands out from others. If you know about other important aspects to consider when choosing your site URL, please, share them in our comment section below. And don’t forget to subscribe to our updates!