There are a few things to consider when registering a domain name. The first thing you want to do once you have decided what your website will be all about, is pick a domain name that is related to what you are selling or giving away or what information you are offering.
Try to include a "keyword" in your domain name if possible. Keywords are what people will search to find your website and if you can include one in your domain name based around your website, you already have a jump on a better listing and people being able to find your site.
Try to keep things simple, a name that is easy to remember. Also try and stay away from hyphenated names, again the goal is something
people can easily remember. Think about the fact that someone may hear about your site from a friend or article and may not have a chance to write it down. If it's something easy to remember chances are better that they will still be able to find it later.
Okay, let's say that you are going to be selling golf lesson videos, then your domain name could be golflessonvideos.com or golflessons.com. Remember you want that domain name that is going to let people know what your site is about or what you are offering. This is going to be your web identity so you certainly want to get it right and build your site around your identity.
Now if you have an idea for a domain name you can do a search on the net (there are dozens of search options for this) find a domain name search and type in the name you have picked out. It will tell you if it is available or not.
Now also keep in mind that you may not be able to find the exact name that you have picked out since it may already be taken. There are already so many names out there you might have to settle for something close or just a little different from what you originally came up with. However when you do a search it will recommend similar names that you can choose from.
Now when you do a search for your domain name it may also say that (example) yourdomainname.com is already registered to someone else but yourdomainname.net or .org is available. And you may choose to go that route but I would suggest staying with a ".com" name even if you have to use something slightly different from what you wanted. After all we all know by now that ".com" is that most recognized on the web today.
Can you host your domain name with one company and actually host your website with a different provider? Yes you absolutely can and in some cases I have done this myself. However if you are just starting out I recommend hosting both your domain name and website with the same hosting provider. Simply because it will be a lot easier at first for you to have everything together.
Finally let's talk about domain name servers or (DNS) numbers. This is how the hosting companies make your website live on the world-wide web. You have to have your domain name pointing at their servers in order for your website to be live. This is why as I mentioned earlier I recommend hosting both your domain name and website together. It is a lot easier to set up for you especially when you are just getting up and running.
I had some issues a while back when I shifted gears at the start of a couple projects. Since I had a few different domain names and tried to switch domain names and sites around it got a bit confusing! So again I believe it is easier to keep things together! When registering a domain name (or any part of your website building) by all means try to stay as organized as possible! Make sure you are keeping track of user names, passwords and all important information pertaining to your accounts. Write everything down or keep separate files for your account information.
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