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What Is A Domain Name?

The domain name is the url address you see at the top of your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge etc)

It’s what people type in to load your website: i.e

Who should register the domain name?

The business owner should register the domain name. This is because it’s your asset. Also what would happen if I won the lottery and decided to disappear off the face of the earth? You would have a very hard time trying to get your domain name back.

Do you own the domain name once you have registered it?

Unfortunately domain names are effectively on a rent basis only. You must renew your domain name each year or you will lose access to it. In effect you do own the domain name as long as you don’t forget to renew it. However if you’re in breach of a trademark or copyright the trademark owner can take legal action which may result in them winning the domain name back.

What makes a great domain name?

Keep domain names short! This is easier said than done though as many of the shorter domain names and combinations will have been taken already. Try to come up with something catchy which people might remember.

What is the best domain name registrar to register your domain name?

I recommend registering your domain name with NameCheap – they have great support and are usually one of the cheapest around.

Should you register both the and .com version of the same domain name?

If you want to protect your business or brand name then I recommend registering multiple versions of that domain name. This can save you a lot of headaches down the road.

What next?

When you have registered the domain name you will need to change the nameservers or the A record so that the domain name points to your new hosting account. Check out ‘how to change the DNS settings of your domain name’

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