How To Choose A Domain Name

You want to create a website but are unsure of what domain name you should chose. Should it be a random name or should it reflect your website material? Should you use top-level domains? Should you use a .INFO or .COM? Almost all beginners who need to pick a domain name have these questions. Not to worry, choosing a domain name for your site is not as complicated as you may think.

When you have decided what topic or information that your site will be about, you will have to choose a domain name. A domain name is the text that visitors will type into their web browsers or click from Google to find your website. You have a few choices about how to select the domain name for your new site.

 

The Key To Choosing A Domain Name

 

The first choice is to pick a name that will inform visitors to your site exactly what the website is about. For example, if you chose a website about turtles, you would want to choose a domain name that reflects information about turtles. You could use something such as turtles.com or turtle-info.org. The tactic here is let your website visitors know exactly what they are visiting.

The second approach to choosing a domain name is to select a generic name. The point of choosing a generic name is to build a brand that your customers and visitors will recognize and hopefully begin to love. Think of websites you visit everyday. Google, Ebay, Twitter; are all sites that did not have a meaning and a brand was built around the name. While this is most likely the best approach, it is meant to be one for the long term. Whichever choice you pick, selecting a domain name is a crucial step!

 

Final Steps To Choosing A Domain

 

At this point you may be asking yourself what kind of domain name you should get. Let me be up front and say that a .com does not guarantee better rankings in Google, Yahoo, or Bing. These search engines will not look at the extensions of your website and are almost irrelevant. Remember that, however, .com domains are still the most recognized and thought about when seeking a great domain name.

Buying these top tier domain names are very cheap. They usually range from $8-$12. This is not a monthly charge but rather for an entire year! I have domain names registered at both namecheap.com as well as GoDaddy.com. Once you have obtained a top level domain, all you need to do is change the nameservers to the ones given by your hosting provider.

 

Choosing Your Domain Hosting with these HostGator Coupons

 

If you decide to go with HostGator as your hosting provider, just remember that they have 24/7 technical support. They will be glad to assist you in switching the nameservers to get your website up and running.

With the information provided above, you can now choose an excellent domain name and hook it up with your HostGator hosting account. It is very simple and you are well on your way to running your own piece of the internet!