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Domain Registration- Choosing The Right Domain Names

Below are a few tips to help you decide on the right Domain Name:

1. Keep your Domain Name short
Although some places allow you to register a name with up to 63 characters, you have to keep in mind that people need to be able to remember it. Try to register a short name that your customers and visitors will associate with your Website.

2. Register Your Domain NOW
Domain names are being snatched up faster than you can say 'domain name'. You must register soon unless you want to get stuck with "the-domain-name-that-no-one-wanted.net". You don't even need a Web site or page. Just get out there and register before you loose the opportunity to get the name you really want.

3. One May Not Be Enough
Sometimes, it isn't a bad idea to register several similar domain names. If you have "yourname.co.uk", register "yourname.com" so no one else takes it. You can register your full company name and a shorter, easier to remember version. Some people even register common misspellings of their company's name.

4. Character Types
Just a reminder. Domain names can only use letters, numbers, and dashes. Domain names are not case sensitive.

5. Ask for Opinions
When you have chosen a few available domains, see what your friends and clients have to say. A name that may make perfect sense to you may be too hard for other people to remember. Is your domain easy to say? Is it hard to spell? Do you have to explain why you chose the name?

6. Don't Shell Out Large Amounts of £££
At one time, companies were able to get away with charging reservation fees plus a "mandatory" fee. Recently, it was decided that other companies should be able to compete to sell domain names. This has lowered prices dramatically. And remember, if you think that if you have found the right domain name, but you're not quite sure if it's the one... register it anyway before someone else does!

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