Sunday, October 18, 2009

Domain & More : Domain Registartion




You must remember the series I started, Domain & More. Its first post can be read here, Domain & More : Domain Name. So, here is the second post in the series, Domain Registration.


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This post is not done by me, but by Jessica Whittenberg. She is an awesome blogger and maintains a blog, Family Tips & Tricks.
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Congratulations... You’ve decided to finally spend some time to set up your
website. Now what? Now it’s time get an address for it. This is your domain
name.

How to choose a name ?
Please, please, please - make it meaningful!!! Make sure your domain
represents what you are doing. It is great for search engines, and great for us – your readers.
Make sure it is catchy – great names will be remembered.

How to choose an extension ?
When you choose an extension, it’s usually the best to use the extension of your country (.com in the US) or something more international (like .net). There are special extensions for special businesses (.edu for educations, .gov for government facilities .biz for businesses).

How to make sure your domain is available ?
Lately it is hard to find a short catchy domain, because many people are trying to find that ideal name. So before you are creating a whole brand around your future name make sure it is available. Go to any domain registration website (just type “domain registration” in google) and find that box where they offer you to check if it is available. It takes exactly 2 seconds.
If you find it not available, and you really want the name try a different extension.

How to choose your domain registration company ?
In the end, the price makes all the difference. So make sure you compare prices before you register. The prices are usually around 8-15$ a year. There are special offers every now and then for longer commitment and ordering a hosting program from the same company. There are websites who rate those companies – just search for them. In any case choose someone familiar, there are a lot of scams out there.

So how it goes ? 
So lets say you chose a domain name and a company. After going through there registration process, you would get a link – a DNS. This link is something you should provide to you hosting company. It takes time for the DNS to work but after a day or two your website is ready.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help !
The customer services of the domain registration company and the hosting company can be very useful if you don’t know what to do or if it doesn’t work for you for some reason. So don’t be afraid to ask for help.


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Thank You Jessica for this wonderful post. I am sure JammySpeaks readers would benefit a lot from this article. Hoping for another article from you very soon...!