To help you get started choosing a domain name we answered just a few of the basic questions that more people ask when trying to choose a domain name.
How do I decide on a domain name?
That's one of the most frequent questions we receive from beginning webmasters and business owners.
But basically, you want a name with these characteristics:
- Short: The maximum allowed size is 63 characters, but keep the name as short a possible. That's easier to type and remember.
- Memorable: Names with special characters like hyphens and underbars are harder to describe to customers over the phone. Visitors aren't as used to them either and you may inadvertently send customers to your competitors if they have similar names without special characters!
- Descriptive: Use your company name or a description of your product instead of company initials. People would instantly know what a site called "WeMakeSellingComputersEasy" is about (although they might be suspicious). The full title is much more descriptive than the acronym "WMSCE."
Another common question is:
If I type the domain name into my browser and get an error message, does that mean it's available?
Not always. Here are some possibilities:
- The domain name is available.
- The owner is designing the site but hasn't posted it yet.
- The owner purchased the name for future use.
- The owner bought the name, hoping to resell it at a profit.
Just because a name doesn't come up in a browser or a search engine is no guarantee of availability!