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Feb 14th, 2011 | By | Category: News

What is a Domain Name?

There is often confusion about what a host name is and what a domain name is. A domain name is the name that is purchased from a registrar.  Domain names are often referred to simply as domains and domain name registrants are frequently referred to as domain owners. A domain name registration with a registrar does not confer any legal ownership of the domain name, only an exclusive right of use. A domain name should not to be confused with a host name which is the unique name of a machine, like a PC, MAC, printer, etc.  A domain name will be something like itlnow.com or itlnow.co.uk. Note that there is no www at the beginning of a domain name. A domain name can be subdivided into sub-domains – for example www.itlnow.com. Once you own a domain, there is no reasonable limit to the number (or names) of the sub-domains you can create.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) manages the top-level of the Internet domain name space. It authorizes domain name registrars like Network Solutions through which domain names may be registered and reassigned

Most of the best domain names have already been taken. Yes, I say most because the best haven’t been thought of yet. If you brainstorm with others you just might hit it big. Besides, here come the .CO’s; get them while you can. Just one thing, remember copyright issues – stay clear of domain names that are infringing on an existing copyrights. Visit the U.S. Copyright Office to check.

.CO domains are now available to everyone!

Try to always first reserve a .Com as well, TLD (top-level domain) address, it’s the most widely accepted extension for a domain name. There are some exceptions to this rule, If you run a business that is based in a country outside of the United States then it can be smart to use a local TLD  like .Cn for China). Check with your hosting or domain registrar to register the .CO domain. It’s best to register as soon as possible as the names go quite quickly.  It is important that no one else mimics your site by even a letter. It is important that no one else mimics your site by even a letter. For an example; www.itlnow.com and www.itlnow.co

What is .CO?

A .CO is a new domain extension that is easy to recognize, simple to remember and flexible to use. Associated with the words “COmpany,” “COrporation” and “COmmerce,” it’s the perfect platform for today’s socially networked individuals and entrepreneurs to create COmmunities, share COntent, and to COnnect, COmmunicate and COllaborate online.

The Key Benefits of .CO:

  • .CO is a truly global, recognizable and credible domain
  • .CO gives businesses and brands the chance to create a worldwide footprint
  • .CO is relevant to individuals, businesses and organizations
  • .CO is meaningful, memorable and intuitive to use for people around the world
  • .CO appeals to today’s socially-networked individuals and entrepreneurs

Here’s list of extensions for a domain names:

.biz .com .eu .net .tel
.bz .de .info .org .tv
.co .edu .mobi .pro .uk
 title.www  HTTP  www   .us

One of the first things you need to do when launching a new web business is choose a domain name for your website. Having your own domain name gives you the ability to brand your business website and will help create a long-lasting asset for your business. The process of coming up with a domain name is fun and creative, and is also the first step in announcing your business to the whole world.

The Rules on How to Choose a Domain Name for Commercial or Personal Appeal

  • Only One Way to Spell: Try to find a domain name that only has one possible spelling. This will avoid confusion and make it easy to remember.
  • Shorter Is Better: The shorter it is, the easier it is for your visitors to remember.
  • Use industry jargon to make it easier and memorable
  • Singular vs. Plural: Make sure that you set up a website on the domain name that makes the most sense, for an example, itlsolutions.com or itlsolution.com
  • Price to Register: A new or a renewal if a domain name will cost approximately $7 – $15 per year; remember to choose wisely and with a reputable registrar.
  • Keyword Search: Choose a domain name that is full of keywords that are related to your company’s product or services.
  • Type-in Traffic (describing visitors landing at a web site): It is entering a keyword or phrase in the address line of your browser
  • Avoid Numeral Substitutions: For an example “4″ instead of “for” and “2″ instead of “to”, etc.
  • Avoid Slang: Stay away from slang spellings of words.
  • Watch Out for the Numeral “0″: The numeral “0″ is often mistaken for the letter “O” and vice versa.
  • Branding Your Name: Name brand and recognition is extremely valuable, very powerful, and valuable for a domain name.
  • Ease of Typing: The easier the domain name is to type the better the domain is to remember and use.
  • Ease of Comprehension: An easily understood name and the visitor will recognize what your website is all about.
  • Uniqueness: The more unique a domain name the easier it is to remember.
  • Dropped Domains: Search for dropped domains that just recently changed from registered status to unregistered status.
  • SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Purposes: It’s a good practice to find suitable keywords to include in my domain name.
  • Bargain Domains: Domain auctions are great sources for finding bargain domain names.
  • Brainstorm, Brainstorm, Brainstorm.
  • Check your spelling before you register and pay.
  • Use catchphrases from your brochure and other promotional material.
  • Permitted characters: abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789-

DO NOT

  • Do not use an ampersand ‘&’, apostrophes, and you should also avoid ‘and’.
  • Do not use or start with hyphens and numerical characters unless it is part of a well thought-out marketing plan.
  • Do not deliberately use spelling mistakes
  • Do not include unnecessary words like ‘the’, ‘LTD’ and ‘company’ with domain name
  • Do not use a company name, brand name, or trademark which belong to another company

Here are some great websites to purchase or renew your domain name.

Network Solutions

Intermedia.net

Hostway

Yahoo

GoDaddy

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