Once you decide to build a website the next question in most cases is which domain names shall we use? There are several things you need to know in order to choose the right one for you.

Domain names overview

The domain name consist of two parts. The first is the name part like google or facebook and then where is the top level domain extension (TLD). That’s the .COM or .ES part after the name. Domain names are registered at an official registrar and cost vary between registrars. The TLD also changes the price. Some specialized TLDs like .BLOG or .DOCTOR cost a lot more then the standard .COM or .ES

Domain names considerations

Lets first look at the name part. That should be as short as possible but if you think you can get a four letter name you will be out of luck. They have already been bought several years ago or are trading at several thousand Euro. As with most things keep it simple and maybe more importantly keep it catchy. Something that people can easily remember. Sometimes its better to have the name a little longer because it easier to remember. A name like costablancarealestate.com is far better then cbre.com. As for the TLD I would always go with .com. Most users know that websites end in .COM and for any international website this is the one to chose. If the site is purely for the UK then a .CO.UK makes also sense. You can purchase both and have them point to the same website. No matter what your client enter they will end up on your website.

Domain name purchase

As already pointed out above the prices for domain names vary and sometimes different registrars offer a sale on specific TLDs or have discounts if you purchase a bundle of names. Shopping around can save you a lot money. We personally use www.namecheap.com they have a simple to use dashboard and are very cheap indeed. There is also www.godaddy.com and www.123-reg.co.uk

Domain name summary

If you still have questions about domain names please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help.