A domain is the first step to setting up a blog or website. Having a good domain name can contribute a great deal to the success of your blog or website.
A domain name is the site address of your blog or website. An example of a domain is “www.yourdomainname.com”.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing a good domain name.
- Relevance to your niche
Your domain name should be relevant to the particular niche of your blog or website. This affects whether people click your domain name or not when your posts appear in search engines after they type in a search.
People are most likely to click on post whose domain address relates to what they are searching for, simply because they expect to get more information from it than what they typed in their search.
- Length of domain name
The shorter your domain name the easier it will be for people to remember it or to type it out in search engines.
A simple domain name is more memorable and easier to type. It is easier for simpler domains to rank higher in SEO than more simple ones.
Here are two examples to illustrate the significance of length and simplicity:
Simple and short: www.chairs.com
Complex and long: www.chairsforthediningroomandlounge.com
- Catchy and memorable
Catchy and memorable domain names are well sought after by buyers. They enable potential and existing site visitors to easily remember your blog or website address, and with this they can easily come back to it at any time. Picking a catchy or memorable domain name will make your brand easier to remember and will possibly translate into more traffic for your site.
There are different types of domain names, for example .com, .org, .net, .co etc.
It’s usually recommended to use a .com domain if it’s available, because most people are likely to type that into a search engine.
Hosting your domain with a good host is just as important as having a good domain name. Some web hosting companies like Bluehost, provide one free domain with your hosting if you are buying web hosting, but you will need to buy any extra add-on domains after that.
Below are our top 4 best domain hosting providers to host your domain. But before that, here are some things to consider when choosing a domain host provider:
This is the most important thing a domain provider should be able to provide to you when you buy a domain. Most times you have to pay a little extra for this but it is important because it protects your identity from potential malicious activity relating to domains.
It basically means when people look up your domain name to buy it or other reasons then your identity as the owner of the domain will be hidden. If they need to contact you they can do so through your domain provider.
If you can get a domain name for less with the same service why not buy the cheaper one right? There are some expensive domain name providers but you can get the same domain with great service on hosts like Namecheap.com.
Support is very important when buying hosting, in case you have issues related to your domain later on. You will need to be able to get help and support from your hosting provider and their support should be accessible and quick at responding as well.
- Ease of renewability
Chances are you will want to keep your domain for years. Most domain providers will provide specials at the beginning of your hosting period and most people buy without considering the ease with which they will be able to renew their hosting when it expires as well as the price they will be charged in preceding years.
With all that said here are our top 4 recommendations for a domain name hosting provider. Feel free to click on any of the links to access the specials that are currently being offered by the different hosting companies.
Godaddy is the world’s largest domain name provider, hosting a significant percentage of the internet’s domains.
They currently have a special where you can buy the first year of hosting for your domain for only $0.99. You will need to pay a little more for the preceding years’ hosting as well as for domain privacy.
Namecheap is one of the most popular domain hosting companies in the world and comes in second after Godaddy. It is second on this list because like their name suggests they offer cheap domains with good support and are the best option when considering the cost of hosting your domain in the long run.
Name.com is also a good provider of domain hosting and they have competitive services. They have maintained their name as a hosting company and are a good option to purchase a domain name from.
Last but not least is Register.com, which is also a good domain name provider and a good company to host your domain with. They offer affordable domain hosting and good support.
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