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Choosing a Domain

Choosin A DomainYour domain name is your website’s home address. It usually ends in a .com, .net, or .org extension. Nowadays, there are countless extensions; however, .com is by far the most popular.

Reserving your domain name is inexpensive, straightforward, and just takes a few minutes of your time. There are several registrars available, and they all provide the same services, here are just a few:

  • Yahoo!
  • Network Solutions

Should You Choose Free or Paid?

It is best to avoid free domains altogether, unless the free service comes paired with site hosting. There is always a catch, hidden in the fine print. The first year you get the domain name for free, then, the second year, they charge you $25 or more.  This is because they know you are stuck, and it is too much hassle to switch to a different registrar. So, be wary of all of the “free domain” offers, or you could end up paying more in the long run.

Beware of Company Trademarks and Brand Names

In order to stay out of trouble, don’t register any domain names that may infringe upon trademarks or brand names.

Lets say for instance, you sell football hoodies and shirts, and register the domain name: Your website could make people believe you are associated with the NFL brand. The problem is, if you get caught,  you could be forced to give up the domain name and lose your website completely. In this particular case, it would be better to have the domain name:

Therefore, it is wise to just stay away from any sort of brand name, or trademark, when registering your domain name. This will help prevent any misunderstandings, or possible penalties.

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Private Registration

When you register your chosen domain name, you will be given the chance to keep your domain name private. You may want to take advantage of this premium feature.

Private registration of your domain name will conceal your personal information (name, email address, etc.) from the global Internet database. This will in turn, prevent a great deal of spam from showing up in your inbox.


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