Choosing a good domain name or website address is important for any website or business.
- First off you’ll want to choose something fitting for the website you’re creating. I would be as specific as possible so people will know exactly what they are getting when they visit your website. It’s also good to choose something that will be memorable.
- Next you’ll need to be pretty creative these days to get an address that isn’t taken or doesn’t cost a fortune. Using three words and or numbers is one good place to start. The other is to use an original spelling or lesser used words, like industry specific slang. Although I would be careful choosing any words that are hard to spell or might be hard for someone to remember.
Example: WebFirstDesigns.com (Hard to misspell any of those words.)
- Then the .com extension is almost always the preferred extension for a website, except for community or nonprofit websites where .org might actually be better. If you’re planning to make money with the website I would stick to a .com, but otherwise you might consider something fun if you can’t find a good .com domain name.
- Then if you want to go the extra mile you can purchase a second domain that might prevent people from going to the wrong website. Often I’ll purchase an address that includes the plural of a word I used in the address or a common misspelling and forward that address to the real website.
Example: WebFirstDesign.com (Same address as above, but singular vs plural.)
There can definitely be more to consider if you’re really serious, but I think those are the important basics everyone should consider.