Common Domain Questions
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What is a domain name?
A domain name is a means to easily remember the name of a website address. All webservers and computers have a unique number (i.e. 126.96.36.199) which acts much the same way as a telephone number. As it's easier to remember names than it is numbers, a system was devised to attach a domain name to each individual web address.
What is a domain extension?
A domain extension is the combination of letters that follow the "dot" in a domain name, such as "com". Dot com is the most sought after and common domain extension. It is shorthand for "commercial" and was originally intended for use by commercial enterprises on the internet. Other popular extensions are .net (originally intended for internet aligned applications and .org (intended for non profit organisations but now available to anyone). There are currently literally hundreds of various extensions available, from country and region specific, such as .co.uk for Britain and .us for the United States. Some country and regional domains are Government regulated and not available for general registration by outside sources. Other extensions which are becoming popular due to the fact that "All of the good dot coms are gone", are .biz, .info, .name, and region specific extensions that have been released to the global community, such as .cc (Cocos Islands) and .tv (Tevula).
How important is having a good domain name?
It's irrelevant whether you have a "local" domain or a global one, such as dot com. These days
the majority of traffic (visitors) to your website will have probably been guided there through the use of
keywords, (a revenue earner imposed by some search engines). However, a good domain name can
still be the driving force behind visitors finding your site. read complete areticle --»
What's the best domain name for me?
Some people find what they're looking for on the internet by typing particular keywords into Google or similar search engine. Others actually type in a web address into the address bar of their browser in the hope that a website may exist that belongs to a domain name. For example, someone may type in www.discosongs.com looking for a site that specialises in 70's music. When people use this method to find specialist websites they nearly always use dot com as the extension.
What makes it a good domain name?
A good rule of thumb for a domain name is "what you say is what you get". For instance, supposing your web address is something like "www.two-for-1-4-2day.com" Just how do you tell people in a conversation without having to go to great lengths in deciphering it for them? When you have to explain if the name is made up of numerals (i.e. "4" instead of "four" or "for"), then that's not really an ideal name. The ideal name is "as it sounds", no need for interpretation or explanation. No hyphens or "numerals for words" substitutions, just a plain how it sounds name that is easy to recall. read more --»
Can I have more than one domain name?
There is no limitation on the number of names you can own, in fact many Companies and Organizations own quite a number of domain names and they have them all pointing to their main website. That means that a company that sells motorcycles for instance, and this is a purely hypothetical example, might have the domain name www.motorcyclesales.com as the official website address and may also have the names "motorbikes.net", "motorcyclesforsale.com", "usedmotorcycles.net" etc. and thereby possibly increasing the traffic flow to their website. read complete article --»
Do I have to have a "localised" domain name?
No. In Australia for instance, it is unfortunately common belief that Companies and Businesses have to register a name which is derived from the company or business name in the same order of syntax as their trading or registered business name. And that it must have the country extension following the "dot com", that is .com.au. It is because of a lack of understanding that Businesses don't realise that they can break the shackles of being stuck with a poorly worded local domain name and just get themselves a better name without the restrictions of a localised domain name extension. read complete article --»
The domain I wanted is already gone. Now what?
The well of really good "dot com" domain names is getting very dry indeed, however there are plenty of high quality names available on the secondary market. As mentioned earlier, try to think what your potential customer would type in to search for a product that you make or carry. What would you type in? Think like a customer and then when you have worked out the most relevant word or phrase go to a site that registers domain names. (You can do that right here at toptierdomains and pay as little as $15 for a .com .net or .org). If your ideal name is gone it may turn out to be for sale somewhere. read complete article --»
Just how much is a domain worth on the secondary market?
You may see names for sale at what might seem ridiculously high prices, and indeed a lot of inferior names are well overpriced. Supply and demand dictates that yes GOOD names are worth a lot of money but just how much? If your company is quite large and gaining a high public profile and you want to increase that profile, you generally need to have a good budget put aside for advertising. Some Companies spend small fortunes doing this. If your company has an advertising budget running into the hundreds of thousands or even 7 figures, what's the point of scrimping when it comes to getting a really good domain name which can be even more affective in some cases than media advertising. The two together however can be a powerful combination. But when it's all boiled down, a good name is only worth what someone is prepared to pay for it. Just like any other commodity.
How do I go about registering or buying a domain name?
Registering a domain name is simple and quick. In the left hand menu under "Domain Registration
Services", just click on the "Register a Name" link. In the search box type in the
name you'd like to register and follow the prompts. If the name and extension you want is available
you'll need to open a free account before you can proceed. It's quick and easy, then once that's
done you can then pay the registration fee securely online and the domain name is yours.
Buying a pre-registered domain name from us is a very simple process. read complete article --»
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