How can I create a domain name for my website?
I want to start a website for a laundry service. Features I want to include are for the users to be able to select certain places and do their booking online. Is the first step to create a domain name for my website? If so, how?
Dr. John pretty much listed everything :)
However I suggest you take time to do some brain storming. Find out the words that define your business and try to be creative with the name. Make a list of domain names with this approach and then find out using godaddy.com domain search.
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Great answers here, I would only add that you consider Local SEO when choosing your domain, as it would help you to get segmented traffic. As for services/infrastructure I have used namecheap.com for some tld's they are well priced and service has been 5 stars, I would get domain and hosting separatly as often you will find it difficult to change hosting if your domain is tied in a "bundle" that prevents you from transferring or pointing at another hosting service, I stress this because you might end up with a service that will not cope with some requirements such as high traffic or memory/cpu limits, shared hosting plans are notable examples of this. I learned the hard way about the limits of shared hosting and it was no end of problems moving my clients sites and email services to dedicated hosting, the shared hosting was so limited that it even broke files that were being downloaded via FTP giving me a lot more problems I didnt need and could have costed me my reputation with my clients.
Create a short and catchy name for your business and jot down a few names to keep your options open. Preferably, you should register your domain with your hosting provider to keep things simple and less complicated. If you have a bunch of domains registered with one provider, then its ok if it's not your hosting company as long as they're all in the same place and the cpanel is easy to navigate with the features you need.
One benefit to registering your domain with your hosting provider is free unlimited email accounts from your company domain. A feature that may cost you $5 per month per email with a service like Google apps.
Don't go out looking for the cheapest domain name service because those will have the highest renewal fees and you'll see something like a $40 payment on your statement for a name that initially cost you $2 to register. Anything around $15-$18/year is ok. Don't go for the 5 year registration just yet until you feel extremely comfortable with your domain, you don't want to register your name and then come up with a better name later after you've registered the first one for 5 years.
The shorter the domain the better, ususlly one or two words max, preferably one word. Try combining two words together to make a new word. That will give you a higher chance of your domain being available and you'll also have a catchy original name for your business.
Get a dot com, don't settle for dot biz, dot net, or anything less, because you don't want customers going to your competitors if you regIstered a .net and another company has the .com
What else can I say, hope that helps. If you have any other questions, message me and I'll be happy to help.
www.whois.com is the "mother" site for the Internet agency that controls all domain names. You can search to see if you name is available and register it; get suggestions and options to buy it if not.
you can go and register a domain at www.godaddy.com but for SEO purpose I will advise go to https://flippa.com/ and see if you can find a domain that is more then 2 years old. Google consider age of the domain in searches...
You must have thought of few names for your site, just go to godaddy.com and figure out if the domain name is available, if yes buy it.
Ensure that the domain name is as close to your laundry service, so that it will help when people search for you in search engines.
Yes. You should use a domain registrar licensed with ICANN to shop domain names that are available to be registered at minimal cost of registration fees.
You can alternatively purchase a domain name that is already registered but its up for auction, listed for sale by the current owner. Buying at auction generally always results in a much higher purchase price, however this way of acquiring your domain name has an upside being that you could purchase a domain that already has an established "track record" with search engines and therefore will be much easier to optimize (be ranked higher in search results right out of the gate) but as stated this will come with added price.
● Chose a short domain name. The shorter the better; both in terms of search engine optimization (SEO), and your customer being able to remember your site.
● Preferrably chose a top-level domain name, a domain thats highly recognized, and is also country specific to the country which you plan to operate. I.E. .com or .net...if you are in the USA.
● Finally, try to choose a domain name that describes your business products/services, and more importantly is also the name of your business. If you're a sole proprietor or partnership or even registered as a company (LLC,etc) or corporation...you can easily create a "doing-business-as" name (D.B.A.) with your local Secretary of State Office website, www.SOS.gov. And I would highly recommend making it your website (domain name) name.
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Best of luck...once you have your domain name, message me and we can then begin the conversation of hosting and developing your future website in accordance with your business and its goals.
Be very careful as it is easy to pay for products and services that you do not need in this industry. But obviously you were smart enough to know that and it's evident by your decision to consult this website for answers before you pulled the trigger on a domain.
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Sneha - start with creating a short list of potential domain names and the extension you want to use (.com, .in, or .co.in) then go to a domain provider like www.godaddy.com or www.networksolutions.com, etc. Use their domain search tool (I prefer Network Solutions' tool) to see if the domain is available. This will also give you derivatives of the domain, which should give you good ideas. Once you find the one you like , just set up an account there and purchase the domain for 1-2 years to start. I run most of mine through GoDaddy, mainly based on price. From there, you can point the domain in the admin tools to the Name Servers that you Website will be hosted on. I usually don't host sites at the domain providers or purchase any of the add-on services the domain providers try to sell you. I host my sites elsewhere and just point to them from GoDaddy.
You need to be creative to generate/find a domain name that's catchy, easy to remember and blends well with your business brand.
Also a keyword research is an essential exercise before finalizing on domain name.