How to pick a website domain name

How to pick a website domain name

I am asked quite a bit for advice on picking a domain (website) name but there are several factors to consider before you can select the right one and then what do you do if the name you want is unavailable. Here I attempt to explain what I do. Firstly, your domain name would ideally be your company name, or if you are a new start-up, why not make your domain name (including the suffix such as .com) into your company name. However, always make sure the domain name is not copyrighted, someone else’s trademark or being used by another company. Should your business rely on word of mouth or

General availability dates of more new 2014 domains

General availability dates of more new 2014 domains

There have been many more domain extensions released during the last month with many more new dates for general availability (GA) of these new top level domains released. This is an update from last month’s article Update on all the new top level domains available in 2014. That page listed the predicted availability of the new domain name extensions and this page just shares an update of that list. However, rather than list by GA date, I have listed them all alphabetically indicating whether they are currently available to the public (Live) or the date at which it is estimated that the domain will go to general availability. There are

Update on all the new top level domains available in 2014

Update on all the new top level domains available in 2014

There are hundreds of top level domain names becoming publically available based on profession, location or just fun. By far the most popular globally of the new extensions so far has been .guru followed by .photography. This is an update from last month’s article Hundreds of new domain extensions flooding the market in 2014. That page listed the predicted availability of the new domain name extensions and this page just shares an update of that list. There are many places where you can buy the new top level domains just do a search on the extension you are looking for. If you don’t already own a domain name then 2014

Hundreds of new domain extensions flooding the market

Hundreds of new domain extensions flooding the market

If you haven’t purchased a domain name yet, now is a good time to get involved. You will probably think that I have some infatuation with domain names as this is the third article in a month but after years of relative inactivity in the domain name world, there is a lot going on now. A few years back, ICANN asked for applications to open up the domain industry for many new extensions. They received thousands of applications from lots of companies around the world (including applications from companies that have never previously been a domain authority). Of course, these companies were thoroughly vetted to make sure they could become

Anybody want to buy a .uk domain name extension?

Anybody want to buy a .uk domain name extension?

The domain registrar for .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk, Nominet, will be launching the new .uk top level domain extension on 10th June 2014. This new top-level domain is expected to take the place of .co.uk in popularity. Of course .uk will shorted the length of the full domain name and it is anticipated that the demand will be great. Nominet are offering all owners of .co.uk domains the first choice of the new .uk extension and if you own a .co.uk then you now have the opportunity to pre-register the .uk version before 10th June 2014. Owners of .me.uk or .org.uk domains will not have the opportunity to pre-register unless

What’s in a domain name

What’s in a domain name

A domain name is an online address and makes it easier to remember than a set of numbers. For example, www.example.com is easier to remember than 68.120.30.140:80. Domain names are made of parts and are separated by “.” so using the preceding example, the www is actually a sub domain so the domain name is really example.com (and the .com part is called a top level domain). The domain suffix (such as .com or .co.uk) is called a top level domain or TLD and these are managed by domain registrars. You can either purchase from them directly from the domain registrars or through a reseller. Purchasing a domain name is