A domain name such as LandmarkComputer.com signifies your own address on the Internet. Because no two parties can ever hold identical domain names, a domain name uniquely identifies you, your company, or your organization or cause. It is how your site visitors and customers will remember you and find you among the millions of other Web sites on the Internet.
How do I choose a domain name?
Choosing your domain name is one of the most important decisions you will need to make. A domain name is your own unique identity -- and will be for as long has you continue to use that name. You probably already have a domain in mind -- certain words, phrases, or characters that have special meaning to you or to your customers.
The first step to establishing your Web presence is to choose a domain name. Using our WHOIS database search, you can find information about an existing domain name. In some cases, a WHOIS search will provide you with the contact information of the person or organization that registered the domain name you are interested in.
Domain names are so cheap now that there's no excuse for not having one.
Cost of registering a domain name with Domains by Landmark: $14.95 per year or less. With purchase of Web hosting (as little as $6 per month)during one of our frequent sales, your domain name costs just $1.99 for the first year.
Now that you're ready to get yourself a domain name here are some tips to help you choose a good one:
Dot huh? Choose a domain name extension
Beyond the Big Three are several lesser-known extensions that may become more popular as the dot-coms disappear from the market. Dot-US is good for international sites based here, and dot-name works for personal sites. Dot-biz is an alternative to dot-com, and dot-info is gaining ground for informational sites. Dot-TV covers, well, you know, and dot-mobi (with content formatted for mobile devices) is brand new.
Dot-edu is a special case, limited since 2001 to US postsecondary institutions that are accredited by agencies authorized by the US Department of Education. More info on dot-edu here.
You can also register domain names that are specific to a certain country. Besides .US, for example, the extensions .CA, .UK and .DE correspond to Canada, United Kingdom, and Germany, respectively. Here's a list of the most common domain name extensions, and a list of extensions by country.
Size does matter
Avoid trademarked names
Relate to your business
Register your domain ASAP
One may not be enough
Consider character types
Go with a reliable domain registrar
The registrar should be registered with ICANN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers), the internationally organized, non-profit corporation that has responsibility for generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management.
Domains by Landmark, our Web hosting company, uses Wild West Domains, Inc., an ICANN accredited registrar, for all domain registrations.
Worth mentioning again: The cost of registering a domain name with Domains by Landmark: $14.95 per year or less. With purchase of Web hosting (as little as $6 per month)during one of our frequent sales, your domain name costs just $1.99 for the first year.
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