Tips for choosing domain name from experts

Always Go for the .com

Let me say this again: Wherever possible, always go for a .com domain. Exhibit A: This site. Technically speaking, the .com is just one of many domain name extensions (TLDs) that are available (more on TLDs and other components of a domain name here). Some of the other popular options include, .net, .org, .co, .edu, .biz, or even things such as .shop, or .blog. And while all those fancy TLDs are tempting, getting the classic .com is nearly always the right thing to do. Two reasons: People are more familiar with .com domains than with anything else; they will default to typing '.com' into the browser address bar, and are unlikely to remember your extension if it's too weird. Everyone will always assume a website is a .com. The .com TLD is used by ~47% of all websites, data says. Can they all be wrong? What all of this means is that if your perfect .com is taken, then perhaps you should either forget about that name entirely or try contacting the current owner to see if they're willing to sell the domain to you. Warning! This could be expensive. - Karol K - Winning WP


Make it memorable

Word-of-mouth marketing is still the best of all. If you want to help your brand spread faster, make your domain easy to remember. Having a great website won't matter if no one can remember your domain name. - Ryan Shelley - Search Engine Land


Avoid trademark problems

Once you've decided on your top choices for your site name, make sure you are not violating anyone's trademarks. To check within US, visit uspto.gov/trademarks and do the search before you register the name. It is always good to check now because this could kill a great website and business down the road. Also, if you are going to include some big name product, such as Twitter or Facebook, review their terms and conditions. Most will not allow you to use their name in any part of your domain. - Ogi Djuraskovic - FirstSiteGuide team


Set Your Domain to Auto-Renew

Generally, when you register your new domain name, you get to choose the registration period - the time span during which the registrar keeps the domain active on your behalf. Most commonly, everyone registers their domain names for either 12 or 24 months. After that initial period, your domain name needs to be renewed (for another X months). Otherwise, it becomes inactive. And then, after a short while, if you miss your window, the domain goes back to the pool of available domains, which means anyone will be able to register it. What usually happens - in case someone doesn't make it in time with renewing their domain - is that the domain gets snatched by a domain broker or someone similar. Basically, aged domains are valuable in the domain market, plus there's higher chance that the person who originally failed to renew the domain will want to buy it back at some point. - Karol K - Winning WP


Brandable Over Generic

Creative and brandable are always better than generic. Remember: Your domain name is how visitors will find, remember, and share your company on the web. It is the foundation of your brand. Here's the main difference between a brandable and generic domain name: A brandable domain name is unique and stands out from the competition, while a generic domain name is usually stuffed with keywords and unmemorable. For example, do you know the difference between Healthinsurance.net, Newhealthinsurance.com, or Healthinsurancesort.com? Probably not, right? These are horribly generic. They don't have any meaning. You won't hear anyone talking about how awesome 'Insurance.com' is. Plus, variants of the word 'insurance' will increase the competition and make it blend in even more. But sites like UnitedHealthCareOnline.com and Anthem.com stand out, because they stand for something. When people hear those domain names, there is a trust factor there. Here's how to find a more brandable domain name: Create new words. You can make up your own catchy, new words. That's what Google, Bing, and Yahoo did. Use existing words. You can use a thesaurus to find interesting words that fit your brand. Use domain name generators. These tools can help you create a unique, brandable domain name from your initial domain ideas and keywords. (We'll highlight some of our favorite domain name generators later on in this post.) - ROBERT MENING - WebsiteSetup


No numbers or hyphens

Numbers and hyphens (especially hyphens) cause confusion. Stay away from them at all costs. Even something as clever as the number1website.com will cause confusion. Make the name speak for itself. - Ogi Djuraskovic - FirstSiteGuide team


Avoid Hyphens and Numbers

Remember how your domain name should be easy to spell and pronounce? Well, hyphens and numbers make both of these things more difficult. Imagine explaining Facebook if it had a hyphen in there... 'Have you seen this new site Face-Book? There's a hyphen in there by the way, between the 'Face' and the 'Book.'' Facebook may not have spread so quickly if that was the case. The bottom line? Your domain name should be smooth and punchy, and hyphens and numbers get in the way of that. So, stick to letters! - ROBERT MENING - WebsiteSetup


Create and meet expectations

What is the expectation you want to set when someone hears your URL for the first time? If they can't instantly grasp what you do or who you are, you have a problem. While sites like Amazon, Trulia, Google and Trivago sound cool, it takes a lot more marketing and branding to make them work. Domains like NYtimes.com, Homes.com, and Overstock.com all let you know what to expect up front. - Ryan Shelley - Search Engine Land


Make it short

Length matters because of the processing fluency that we talk about above. The fewer characters a domain name has, the easier it is to type, say, share, and the less it gets shortened on social media sharing platforms and search results. Shorter is better. - Rand Fishkin - Moz


Make it easy to pronounce and spell

You should be able to easily share your domain when speaking as well as writing. You never know when you'll be asked to share your domain name in person. It should be easy to understand and spell for any listener. - wpbeginner


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