Everything about perfect domain
Choosing an appropriate domain name for your blog is probably one of the most important things that you will have to do while setting up your blog (and I personally think this is the most important aspect of all). The domain for your blog is the same what your name and surname are for you.
I think that there is no such person who does not know what a domain name is. Just to public order I will say domain is an internet address assigned to your website (or blog). Each web page, blog, online store, anything that has to operate on the internet must have its own domain. One domain name always points one www address. The domain of this blog is of course myinternetstory.com but forum.myinternetstory.com is a subdomain. You have to register and pay only for a domain. And for that given domain, you can at any time, create unlimited numbers of subdomains for free.
Domain extension is what appears after the dot (.) Most often there are two, sometimes three letters. Here we have to stop for a moment because domain extension is divided into several groups. There are for example.:
- National domains indicating specific country, e.g. *.pl for Poland, *.de for Germany, *.fr for France.
- Functional domains e.g. *.edu indicates educational content of a www address, *.info – is used by news sites, *.org – willingly used by many different kinds of organizations.
- Global domains (International) e.g. *.eu for European Union countries.
A little curiosity. Domain extensions *.fm and *.tv are not functional but national. Belong respectively to the country of Tuvalu and the Federated States of Micronesia but because of their capabilities of various interesting combinations are widely used by various websites relevant to the media.
Main characteristics of a good domain name
Choosing a domain name for your blog, be sure to follow a few rules. Here they are, the name should be.:
- Short and easy to remember after the first hearing. Would you like to remember.: myinternetstoryhowistartedeverything.com.– does anyone of you want to put it to a web browser ? I certainly don’t.
- Easy to pronounce. The name of your blog will be mentioned many times by different people (if you want to succeed in blogging you have to assume that it will be). Perhaps journalists will write about it in the press. Well, remember that this should not be any language twister impposible to pronounce.
- Related to the topic of your blog. The domain should immediately and clearly indicate what a blog is about. Don’t make any puzzles for visitors. Do not choose furniture.com if you want to write about dogs.
- Choose always *.com extantion if you are going to write in English. Why ? Because it’s the most easily recognizable and most common one in English speaking countries.
What to do if selected domain name is already taken
Unfortunately, it often happens that an attractive domain name has long been reserved by someone who does not even think to get rid of. What to do then ? Buy a domain with a different extension than *.com. Or is it better to add a word with a hyphen (-), e.g. my-internetstory.com ? I consider this to be a big mistake. Domain extension should always be *.com.– adding a dash (-) between two words is in my opinion the biggest mistake, because it only increases the time of writing it. I think it’s better to look for a domain unrelated to the blog’s topic. But that should be a last resort. Always try to find a domain name related to blog’s subject.
However on the other hand do not give up searching for domain you want the most. Good deals happen. I was very surprised to learn myinternetstory.com was free to register.
Domain with a name and surname
A lot of people who intend to start a blog, probably you are one of them, think about buying domain with his or her own name and surname. DO NOT DO IT! There are two reasons why this is a huge mistake. First, the domain should always refer to the subject of your blog. The only exception is if the blog will be about you.– in this case you need to have a domain with your own name and surname. The second reason is a little “distant in time”. What will happen in a few years’ time ? Suppose your blog is such a success (after all, you work hard to make it happen), that a serious businessman would want buy your blog for a pretty decent amount of money. But nobody wants a blog with someone else’s name and surname in domain.
After finding the right domain for your blog you need to register it. How to do it and where ? There are lots of companies offering to do so. I chose GoDaddy.– that’s where I keep myinternetstory.com.– and what to do next ? Next you need a good hosting account, so click and read.: How to sign up for a hosting account with HostGator.