Sensible steps for domain names

5 Sensible steps to take whilst selecting your domain name.

The domain industry with all its players and websites can seem somewhat bewildering to the newbie, but if you take the time to do some research then it can make a different in the long term and maybe save you either a lot of hassle or money also.

Is the domain available?

Check the WHOIS and see if its freely available not just in one form but ideally in the most common variations also for example is the, .com and .net all free.

If multiple versions are available then that is a good sign, you can protect the brand for the future.

Are there brand or copywrite issues?

Be very careful of registering a domain which is associated with a known brand, otherwise there legal departments will get in touch with you and most likely you will have to hand the domain over.

New TLD's

There are more than 1,200 new domain types on their way to market, the great thing about this is that it means that end users and businesses will have a much wide choice and have access to much more focussed domain types for example .london makes a clear statement that you are based or targeting the London area of the UK.


Is not easy we know, but try to select a domain that is easy to remember, easy to spell and not easily confused with other service providers.

Select Longer Registration Periods

This makes sense for a number of reasons, it's harder to forget / overlook renewal, it's cheaper per year and Google the leading search engines places more authority on domains with a longer registration period.

Do you need help with your domain selection, don't forget we have been helping customers with their choice of domain names for more than 10 years. Call our main office now on 01952 898701

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