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Domain name guide

To be found on the Internet you need your own special name. That name is called a domain name. Domain names are the .com, .co.uk, .org, etc names that are in the "address" line on your web browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Netscape, Opera, etc.).

Our domain name is web-design-cornwall.co.uk

You can register one or more domain names for a web site. Charges for domain names vary considerably but unless they are already registered and need to be purchased from an existing company. I usually include them with the annual hosting fee.

You can check below to see if the domain name you would like is available.




Domain Name Selection

Your domain name should be

a) Short - make it easy for people to type and remember it.

b) Memorable - short does not mean memorable, using initials for your domain name may be unmemorable, unless the initials are already a famous brand, eg IBM.

c) Related to the business name or core business.

Consider adding an element to the name will then help to establish the nature of the business. You should also consider choosing a domain name that reflects your area of business, rather than the name of your firm. This may be a good strategy for a new firm that has not yet established a brandname in the market.

d) Difficult to misspell - Try to avoid names that are easy to misspell.
Eg Globallaw. Should there be one “l” or 2 “l”s?


Using hyphens in a domain name

Many web designers avoid using hyphens in domain names because visitors might get confused and enter an incorrect domain name.

http://www.web-design-cornwall.co.uk or http://webdesigncornwall.co.uk

However, many web site promotion experts claim that the potential for search engine success makes the hyphens worth the risk, as the words are easier for a search engine to pick out.

You may also wish to consider the hyphen option if the alternative is already registered, although this could lead to even more customer confusion.

Unfortunately, there is good and bad for both. The need (or not) for hyphens depends on your individual site and your online competition.





Domain registration

Domain registration is paying for the privilege of using a domain name, such as web-design-cornwall.co.uk.

You can own (rent) as many domain names you want. That does not mean you have a website for each one. Once your domain name is established never let your registration expire - unless you REALLY want it to. Someone else can buy it and you may not be able to get it back, or may have to pay a large sum to regain ownership. Businesses often buy domains that are high ranking just to get traffic.

Domain names are rented on an annual basis from a registrar. I can take care of this for you as part of your annual management package.

The following Domain Name Registration Guidelines relate to ALL Extensions (ie: .com, co.uk, .org.uk, .org etc)

The next choice is the suffix. The majority of domains on the Internet end with either.co.uk (or the country specific equivalent such as .co.fr) or .com although other extensions such as .biz are becoming popular.

The main difference between .co.uk and .com is that .com domains are registered in America and seen as International domains and, co.uk domains are registered in Britain. The .co.uk suffix is becoming the norm for UK based individuals and companies.

Domain suffixs may also be priced differently and the billing period may be different.

UK Domain Name Guidelines

Web sites relating to the UK normally use domains that end in .uk, but are divided into 5 categories, known as Second Level Domains (SLDs).

As far as the actual domains that can be registered for each SLD are concerned, ,co.uk and .org.uk are pretty much unrestricted. The other SLDs do however have restrictions as to what can be registered and you should have read and understood the guidelines for each before making a purchase. Please contact us before buying if you have any questions about any of the .uk domains.

Guidelines for .co.uk Domain Registrations:
As mentioned above, there is basically no restriction as to what can be registered for a .co.uk domain, and it doesn't matter whether you are in the UK or outside the UK. Originally, this SLD was intended for UK companies.

Guidelines for .me.uk Domain Registrations :
As the market for personal namespace in the UK grew, there was a demand for an SLD appropriate for this type of site, hence the introduction of the .me.uk extension.

The guidelines say that those who register domains with this extension are expected to have an association with the UK, and the domain name is expected to be representative of that person’s legal name. In reality however, it is possible to register a domain with any group of words and the requirement to register a legal name is not actually compulsory.

If the .co.uk SLD for a name is not available, then the .me.uk is ideal.

Guidelines for .org.uk Domain Registrations :
This domain SLD was originally intended to be used by non-profit or public service enterprises who are associated with the UK. Examples include charities, trade unions, political parties, community groups, educational councils and professional institutions.

Guidelines for .plc.uk and ltd.uk Domain Registrations :
Registrants to these two newer SLDs are required to be public limited and private limited companies respectively, that are registered under the Companies Act 1985. It is a requirement that the domain be registered in exactly the same name as the company name, with a few exceptions.

Only the characters a to z inclusive, 0 to 9 inclusive and hyphen can be included in a domain name and certain words will be removed from the registered company name where they occur at the end of the name before the domain name is generated. These are "limited", "public limited company" and the Welsh Language versions ("cyfyngedig" and "cwmni cyfyngedig cyhoeddus") along with the abbreviations of these words, e.g. ltd, plc, cyf and ccc.

Any spaces between words should either be ignored or replaced by a hyphen (-). If you are in any doubt regarding the algorithm used to convert your company name to a domain name, then please contact us for advice.

The application for .ltd.uk and .plc.uk domains must state the full name of the company as registered, along with the company registration number when ordering.

Guidelines for .net.uk Domain Registrations:
This SLD is restricted to only the computers of network providers – that is network information centre (NIC) and network operation centre (NOC) computers, the administrative computers, and the network node computers.

The restrictions on the use of this SLD are tight so you need to contact us first if you wish us to process your domain name request.