If you need a website, that means that your first step is to purchase a domain name for your site! What is a domain name? Well, one of my sites is “www.WowPhilippines.com” so “WowPhilippines.com” is the domain name! You get a domain name by visiting a company that sells domains. There are lots of places where you can register your domain when I need a domain name I generally buy it at GoDaddy. You can generally purchase your domain name for about $9 or so through GoDaddy. Some domains cost a bit more, some a bit less, but most names can be gotten for about that price. Some country-specific names are more. Here in the Philippines where I live “.ph” domain names are about $35 per year. But, there is nothing stopping a person in the Philippines from buying a “normal” .com name, they don’t have to stick with the .ph name just because they live here.
Personally, unless you have a very specific reason to do so, I recommend that you stay away from country-specific names. There are exceptions. For example, the Island nation of Tuvalu has the “.tv” domain suffix, and if you are setting up a video site, it might be a nice to have .tv at the end of your name. However, in most instances, I feel that .com are the way to go. The only problem is, though, that .com names are getting harder and harder to get because so many have been taken already. However, if you search enough, you will find one that is a good fit for your business.
What do I mean by a “good fit?” Well, you want something that ties in with your business, or with the products that you sell. For example, my site at WowPhilippines.com is a site that sells gifts for delivery in the Philippines. If you had a site that sold electric razors to the US market, WowPhilippines.com would not be a good domain name for you! However, for my particular business, it is a very desirable domain. So, brainstorm and come up with names that tie in with your business model. When you find one that is available, grab it! An example that would not be a good fit would be if you got the domain “flowers.com” and you intended to sell weight lifting equipment on the site. You get my drift!
You should also be careful in choosing domains too. Analyze the name and make sure that it does not contain any vulgar words or sayings. For example, when you combine multiple words to make a single domain name, sometimes if you combine those words, and somebody reads it in a way that is different than you intended, it might say something that is completely different than your intention, so be aware of that.
OK, so you should choose your domain, based on the business that will be set up on the site. What’s your next step? Get your site set up and make sure it functions properly! Stop by this site tomorrow and I’ll fill you in on that step!