Are you wondering how to go about creating a domain name? Are you searching for a unique name that reflects your business in modern times? One that will stand above the crowd?
Finding that perfect name will take a bit of research, but don’t forget the domain name extension or TLD. That’s another way to have your domain stand out and there are new ones being registered all the time.
A domain name is something you need to decide upon before you can start building your website. I know this can be a daunting process for some people, but don’t let it be. The choices are endless, and if your #1 choice isn’t available, just try a different TLD.
Let’s look at what TLDs are, then tips to make your choice of a domain name as painless as possible.
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- 1 What’s A TLD?
- 2 How To Choose A Domain Name
- 2.0.1 #1. Shorter is Better
- 2.0.2 #2. Avoid Numbers and Hyphens
- 2.0.3 #3. Make It Easy To Type
- 2.0.4 #4. Use Keywords
- 2.0.5 #5. Easy to Pronounce
- 2.0.6 #6. Don’t Box Yourself In. Think Long-Term
- 2.0.7 #7. Check Availability on Social Media
- 2.0.8 #8. Is It Brandable?
- 2.0.9 #9. Are You Global or Local?
- 2.0.10 #10. Use Your Own Name
- 2.0.11 #11. Don’t Be Cheap
- 2.0.12 #12. Do Your Research
- 2.0.13 #13. Use A Domain Name Generator
- 2.0.14 #14. Protect Your Brand
- 3 Conclusion
What’s A TLD?
TLD stands for Top-Level Domain. Techopedia.com describes it like this:
“Top-level domain (TLD) refers to the last segment of a domain name or the part that follows immediately after the “dot” symbol. TLDs are mainly classified into two categories: generic TLDs and country-specific TLDs. Examples of some popular TLDs include .com, .org, .net, .gov, .biz and .edu.”
We’re all used to seeing .com, .net, .org, etc. But what about adding a different TLD for some extra pizzaz? There are more and more being launched every month. For instance, what if you are:
- writing a blog about children’s party ideas? Use .fun
- launching your own real estate business? How about .realestate
- raising money for your favourite organization? Try .charity
Most domain registrars will offer many extensions. Some more than others. After doing a search on TLD List, I found that well-known companies like Namecheap.com offer 470 different extensions. How will you decide? LOL
Just enter your business name in their search bar, and click the “search” button. You’ll notice it searches the bulk options. You’ll get a list of everything that’s available, filtered by interest.