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What are domain names and how much do they cost ?


The URL which makes up a web address is split into 3 sections, each separated by a dot. All begin with
www (World Wide Web), followed by the name of the registered domain, and end with an extension or TLD (Top Level Domain) for example: www.yourname.com or for a country specific domain extension www.yourname.co.uk

Extensions or TLDs for domain names include the following:

.com commercial business domain  .edu educational institution
.co.uk country specific domain extension  .org organization
.net commercial network  .gov government agency
.org non-profit organizations  .mil military

Additional domain name extensions include : biz, bz, info, tv, name, etc. A domain registrar will offer cheap domain registration of .biz and .info domains for websites.

Registration of a dot com domain extension is in the region of USD $9 (approx 6) per year upwards and can be renewed annually.

You must register a country-specific domain extension like .co.uk for a minimum of 2 years. Registering charges for these domains are from around 6 (3 per year) including VAT. 

Registration prices for domains vary considerably!  At Web World Designs we have our finger on the pulse of reputable domain registrars and will be happy to guide you in the right direction.

When a dot com, dot co, dot biz, dot net, dot info, dot mobi or dot me extension is required, be sure to try NameSilo.  NameSilo is one of the cheapest registrars on the net offering the cheapest domain packages. 

NameSilo includes many free extras which other registrars charge for, making NameSilo one of the most economical.  NameSilo offers free whois privacy, free domain parking, free DNS and free API.

Always shop around, of course, but be sure to compare what registrars have to offer and check them against NameSilo.  Clicking the NameSilo banner to the left will open the site in a new window. Please note that NameSilo does not support country specific domain extensions.

It should be noted that the 'registrar' and the 'registry' are not the same thing. Registrars usually handle many different extensions and serve as middlemen between you and the registries.

The registry is the body having the contract to handle an entire extension (s). Verisign, for example, is the registry for all of the .com and .net domains. Verisign does not allow direct domain registration. Registries like Verisign make their unregistered domains inventory available to hundreds of public registrars and these are the companies you must use to register your domains.
 

How to choose a domain name / web address URL for your website

Choosing the right domain name (also known as your web address or URL) for your web site is very important  ... it will pay to spend a little time thinking about your options. If possible, register your domain name before you start your business website!

With tens of millions of domain names already registered, and thousands more being registered every week, it is becoming more and more challenging to find a suitable domain which will reflect your company.

When your business caters to the local or national community, such as a taxi firm or double glazing company for example, it makes sense to register a country-specific domain extension. Your web site will benefit from the use of a local TLD (Top Level Domain) because people will know they are dealing with a local company the moment they see your web address.

Someone in the UK, for example, is not likely to order double glazing from windows.com because it suggests a US or an international site. Better to register a UK domain like windows.co.uk instead.  The Swiss like to see .ch at the end of their websites, the Belgians .be and so on.  For an international business or a company based in the USA, aim to register a dot com rather than a .biz or .info extension.

Your domain name can be from a minimum of 3 up to a maximum of 67 characters and include lower case letters of the English alphabet, numbers from 0 to 9 and hyphens (-).   However, it may not begin nor end with a hyphen and other symbols, including the ampersand '&' and apostrophes, are not allowed.

 

Web World Designs hints on what to name your domain and website

Try to register a domain name containing a popular keyword which is applicable for your industry, it will help customers remember your web address.

Hyphens have advantages and disadvantages, depending on your needs. People can forget they are there, and may end up at your competitor's website. If you decide on hyphens, register the non-hyphenated URL as well, then you can simply re-direct visitors to your other domain.

Be wary of using the zero in domains unless it is obvious that it is a number and not the letter. 0 and O are easily confused.

Avoid registration of domains that contain '2' for "to", '4' for "for" and 'u' for "you". Customers will get confused. If you must register such a domain, register the expanded form of the domain as well, and use it to redirect your visitors to your other website.

Ask family and friends for their opinion of your choice of website URL. What seems good to you may not appeal to others.

Never use a well-known company, product, trade mark, or any variation of this in your domain name registration in the hope of attracting more customers to your web site. Not only is this unethical, it can also land you in court!

Register your web address in your own name. Sometimes your host may offer registration for you, but this could cause you problems in the future, should you decide to transfer your web site domain to another hosting company.

When you register your new domain name, make sure your domain registrar will send you a reminder when your domain name is about to expire. 

Most dot com domain names are registered for a minimum of 1 year. Local URL extensions, like .co.uk, .ch, .be, .ca and so on, are usually registered for a minimum of 2 years.  You may register for several years in advance if you wish, or renew annually.

Registering domain names web address or URL. Register a domain name for your business website with Web World Designs Liverpool Merseyside north west UKWeb World Designs will be happy to carry out a domain search for you completely free of charge and offer advice on choosing your website URL.

Registration of domain names is fast and simple. You need no technical know-how or expertise. We will explain how, and direct you to reliable domain registrars.


 

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