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We have a huge selection of domain name extensions available for you to register, from the popular .co.uk or .com through to .at, .info, .biz and many more! Check out the full selection below:
Picking a good domain name
Choosing the right domain name for you and your company is a very important decision as it can affect the popularity and usefulness of your website.
The most important factor to take into account is the relevance of the domain name to you or your business. A short domain name is easier to remember but not if it's totally irrelevant to your business or what you do. For example, if you ran a bookstore called Smiths www.smiths.co.uk would be no good (and most likely already taken!), something like www.smiths-bookstore.co.uk is still very easy to remember and easy to enter quickly. It is also useful to have a keyword in the domain name like this in order to get picked up by Google and the other search engines better.
Once you have decided on the domain name to have you need to choose which extension you would like, research suggests that users in the UK will normally look for a .co.uk for a business based in the UK but you are not restricted to the domain extension that you choose - .info & .biz are popular, non-country specific domains if you are looking for something a bit interesting.
It can be beneficial to register the same domain with more than one extension, so if you have decided on what your domain name is you might want to register the same address with a different suffix (for example, if you have smiths-bookstore.co.uk you may want to register the .com, .net, .biz alternative etc) - this will stop any other company registering this domain and taking advantage of any brand power you may have built up with your domain.
Top tips for registering a domain name
The domain name is an essential part of any web site, but choosing and registering it can be a tricky process. Here are some great tips to help you through this process.
1. Choose your domain name quickly
Domain names are being registered at a rate of one every 20 seconds and allocated on a first-registered, first-served basis, so a delay in decision making could mean someone else gets there first.
2. Choose a name that suits your business
You should choose your domain name so that it best represents your company's interests. Bear in mind the brand, what you offer, your unique selling point and the implications of being alphabetically listed.
Think about domain names that solve a problem or names that describe the products or services your company provides e.g. 'marketing solutions'.
Either way, your name will help drive targeted traffic to your web site if you take this approach.
3. Be flexible and creative in your choice of domain names
There are approximately 120-130 million domain names registered worldwide. It may be useful to think about a few alternatives in case the name you ideally want is already registered. Consider using hyphens and acronyms.
4. Decide which Top Level Domain (TLD) to use
Companies based in the UK usually register a domain name ending in .co.uk, and recent independent research suggests that British Internet users are six times more likely to choose a .uk rather than a .com address when looking for information via an Internet search engine. 72% of respondents also said they would visit a British web site above any other.
There are however a number of other alternatives including .com or other Second Level Domains such as .org.uk (or non-commercial organisations), .me.uk (for individuals), .ltd.uk and .plc.uk (for Ltd and Plc
5. Register your domain name in other suffixes
It's not a bad idea to register several similar domain names. If you have 'yourname.co.uk' you could register 'yourname.org.uk' so no-one else can come in at a later stage and capitalise on your brand name using another major domain name type. You could also register your full company name and a shorter, easier to remember version.
6. Check whether your chosen name has already been registered
Use the search facility on our web site to check the availability of all domain names.
7. If it has been registered, you could check if it is for sale
If your first choice domain name is unavailable the cheapest solution is to choose something else. However, if you have your heart set on a particular name, you could try buying it from the current registrant.
There's no guarantee you will be able to acquire the domain, and even if the current registrant is willing to sell, it could cost you anywhere from a few hundred to many thousands of pounds.
8. Create your web site and set up your email address
Once you have registered your domain name you are ready to create your web site and set up your email address. You can do this yourself, or we would be happy to do it for you. We provide a range of web design, hosting and email forwarding services that we would be pleased to discuss with you.
9. Make a diary note of the renewal date for your domain name
We will contact you before the expiry date to ask if you wish to renew it.
For .uk domain names, we will also contact you before cancelling the registration. Be aware that 'Notices of Expiration' demanding payment from sources other than us may be a scam, so check correspondence carefully and contact us if you have any concerns.
10. Tell us if your contact details change
Your details must be correct for the domain name registration to remain valid and we will not necessarily prompt you. If you change any of your contact details please let is know so that we can ensure that your domain name registration is renewed. If you change address and forget to tell us you risk losing the domain name you have spent so much time, energy and resources developing.
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