The internet has grown rapidly over the years and now many people are deciding to register a domain name. If you’re a newcomer to domain names, then this article is going to be very helpful.
There are a variety of reasons to own a domain name. For example, maybe you want to start a new blog, create an online shop or provide an online identity for your company. Whatever the reason, it’s important to get some tips and ideas.
An important talking point is the different domain extensions. Once upon a time there wasn’t many to pick from, however, now there are an ever-growing number. So, if you want to attract an international audience to your site, then .com should be the obvious choice. On the other hand, if you’re from the UK and wish to only have British visitors, then a .co.uk domain name would be ideal.
A great tip for you to consider, depending on the purpose of the domain, is to consider buying up a .com, .net and .org if available. Why? It stops someone else registering and competing with you. Other domain extensions that you’ll come across include .TV .EU .CO .INFO .BIZ and many more.
Google is a great source for getting traffic and the search engine does rank certain extensions better than others. Take for example, have you ever seen a .PRO domain listing in the search results? How about a .club? I know I haven’t. Yet, you’ll come across .COM .NET .ORG and .TV. What’s more, .CO extensions rank relevantly well, too. Local extensions to your country will perform well within local searches. Take the Swiss extension, which is .CH – these will rank well on Google.ch, but not on Google.com.
The .IO domain extension has recently become popular with arcade game developers. An example would be , which is playable over at , but just entering the name within your browser will result in you being taken directly to the game.
With the domain extensions covered, it’s time to mention pricing. Registering a domain name generally comes with a yearly renewal fee. The average cost for a .COM domain is around $10 a year. Some domain providers have different features, so this is something to consider before purchasing. What’s more, some providers are more user-friendly than others – so read over reviews before making a decision. Ensure you never miss a renewal as you could lose your domain as it gets auctioned off.
GoDaddy and Namecheap should be two possibilities – they are well known. However, if you do your research then you’ll find better pricing elsewhere. Also, look for promo codes and coupons. Be aware that initially good deals could come back to haunt you. Imagine getting a domain for $5, but then you realise renewals are $30 – ouch, that wouldn’t be a good move. It’s worth remembering that you can always hop over to another domain provider by transferring your domain.