Managing Domain Names

registrars

Buying a domain name is a relatively simple process, but it can be confusing managing them. There are a lot of options to consider, and there are hundreds of registrars to choose from.There are several important decisions you’ll need to make. It’s not enough to simply register a domain from the first place you find. You need to choose the best possible domain for your website, buy from a registrar you can trust, and manage it effectively.

Choosing a Registrar

The first thing you need to do is decide which registrar you wish to use. GoDaddy is a popular choice, but I don’t recommend it. According to many people, they are prone to disabling domains even over false spam reports and then charging a huge fee to reinstate the domain, even if you can prove you did nothing wrong.

NameCheap is a popular option. They have free WHOIS protection for the first year of each domain, and they have a coupon each month that lets you get a nice discount, making each domain less than ten dollars.

Finding a Domain Name

Many people believe all the good domain names are taken. This isn’t true. While it’s true that you aren’t going to be able to pick up books.com or anything similar, there are still plenty of great domains available.

To choose the right domain for your purposes, you need to decide what you’re going to use the domain for. There are two main classifications:-

a) Keyword Domains

b) Branding Domains

Registering a Domain

Once it’s time to register a domain, you need to keep a few things in mind. First, don’t use fake information during the registration process. You could get your domain taken away from you later, which would be a real shame if you’ve built significant traffic to it.

Second, you’ll probably want to register all of your domains with the same registrar. It gets tedious having to worry about your domains at multiple registrars.

WHOIS Protection

Many people automatically opt for WHOIS protection, but this isn’t always the best option although often suggested when people ask, What is domain protection?. Some SEO experts have suggested that Google and other search engines may penalize sizes who have their registration information protected.

Registration Length

You can register your domain for only one year, or most registrars will allow you to register a domain for up to ten years at a time. If you can afford it, go for a longer registration period.For one thing, you won’t be at risk of accidentally forgetting to renew your domain. You’d be surprised how often this happens. You may not get the reminder email, and if you don’t have it set up to automatically renew, you could lose the domain.

Another major reason to register for at least two years at a time is that some SEO experts believe Google may give a boost to sites with longer registrations.

Name Servers

To use your domain, you need to set up the name servers. This tells computers where to find your domain when someone tries to go there. It connects your domain with your web server.

Domains names are more than just a useful address for storing and showing business or personal information on the internet; they can bee the difference between a successful and nonsuccessful business.Selecting the right domain name, hosting provider and website design, plus website development is not a small job

What’s the difference between .com and .com.au domains?

A domain name determines a business’s identity. Every business owner would like a good and a perfect domain name. Here are some tips on choosing that perfect web address:

1. If your first choice for a domain name is already taken, don’t despair. Try a few other combinations and pick the one that meets your needs.

2. Try to purchase the top level and the regional domain name. Consider other country domain name extensions if your business is applicable in that regions. If your business is applicable in Australia as well, then consider .com and .com.au domain extensions.

3. Short domain names are easy to remember. But sometimes if it’s a catchy phrase then the long domain names are very good as well. Short domain names are the safer bet. But you might not always get the shorter one, and then you might have to go for a longer one. Long domain names are fine as long as they are easy to remember.

4. Try to stay away from domain names that has a word with a difficult spelling them. Your website visitors might type them incorrectly and end up on a different website. Always pick something that is easy to type.

5. Try to have keywords in your domain name. Keywords are the phrases that people are searching for in the search engines. To find out what people are searching for (in any industry) go to wordtracker.com and download a free version of their keyword tracker. Use that to determine the keywords in your area of business. And if you find a domain name with a highly searched keyword then you increase the chances of your site ranking better in search engines. A good keyword in your domain name makes your domain name more ‘search engine friendly’.

What makes for a better domain name, a hyphenated dot-com like “Cheap-Domains.Com” or a “clean” dot-net name like “CheapDomains.Net” with no hyphen? To find the answer, you first have to ask yourself what “better” means in this instance. Better for what? What do you plan to do with the domain?

Are you just planning to register and park it with hopes that people will stumble across it by accident and hit on an ad or two? If that’s the case then forget the hyphen; people aren’t in the habit of typing hyphens in the address block, and you won’t see much traffic. But keep the dot-com if you can; dot-nets aren’t exactly second nature for address-block typists in the real world either.

Planning to auction it off with hopes of a high price? In that case, the hyphen will probably weigh it down; for better or worse, the people who make the market in domain names have decided that hyphens are a negative influence on price. A dot-com is usually preferred, but burden it with a hyphen and the same domain name with a dot-net would be much better.

Or maybe you’re planning to build your business website around the domain name? If that’s the case then be careful with the hyphenated name. If you have to use a hyphen that means somebody else already has the clean dot-com and you don’t want to do his advertising for him; he will likely get the most benefit from address-block searchers. It’s possible to run afoul of the trademark laws too; a name like I-B-M might cost more in legal fees than you could ever hope to make with it. Go with the dot-net or even a dot-biz or dot-biz.