The term domain name refers to a word sequenced entered by users into an URL bar to visit a website. Domain names are beneficial to website owners when they’re easy to remember. A domain name should be short, simple to type, and easy to recall by users. Since millions of individuals, businesses, organizations, and governments have already reserved a domain name, it may be challenging to find the right one for your business or project. Save time and avoid frustration by considering a few tips about how to identify an available domain name that suits your needs.
Start with a list of possible names for the website. Filter the list by removing names that don’t reflect your specific criteria. Avoid reserving a domain name that’s longer than 20 characters. It’s possible to reserve a domain that’s up to 67 characters, but avoid doing so. A longer domain name is easier to misspell. Don’t use a complex name because users prefer short and simple domain name. An easy to recall domain name will get more traffic—and that’s good for business. When possible, avoid numbers, hyphens or characters in the domain name to ensure that the Internet address is both easy to spell and type into the URL bar.
Domain Name Search
To search for an available domain name, visit domain registrar sites. Domain registrars are authorized by ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) to process the registration of domains. Registrar sites provide an online search tool to determine if your preferred domain name is available:
Begin the search by entering the desired domain name into the search bar
Select the type of g-TLD (generic top level domain) in the Domain Name System, e.g. “.com,” “.org,” “.net,” etc. There are many g-TLD types today.
Hit search. A list of available domains that match or come close to the proposed domain name will be shown to you along with the match type of g-TLD. The registrar may offer specials on new g-TLD types or discount the reservation of multiple domains. The ability to search domains is completely free on the registrar site.
Review different prices and offers on the registrar site. Every domain name and corresponding g-TLD has a registration price. Select the domain name(s) and packages you want. Considering reserving the domain name or names you want for multiple years.
Proceed to the checkout page to register the domain. Pay the required registration fees online with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal.
When possible, choose a registrar that’s been in business for years. Registrar sites are plentiful, but it’s important to check user feedback. Most experienced registrars offer competitive pricing.
Domain Name Benefits
A large business or company may buy more than one domain name to redirect to the primary website. For instance, the sales department site sales.xyz.com may redirect to xyz.com. It’s possible to reserve multiple domains at once with the goal of redirecting all Internet addresses to the primary site.
The decision to own a domain name is useful to the business or organization. It’s possible to maintain the address even if the owner changes web hosting services or changes the site content. Buying a domain name is a simple task that can be completed in minutes with a credit card, debit card, or PayPal account.