Domain name registration
Your domain name is a very important part of your website.
Ideally it will be as short as possible and contain descriptive words to reflect your business.
The simplest way to buy a domain name is to get me to do it for you. I will then look after it, make sure you don't lose it and take care of the technical side of connecting it to your website.
If you wish to register a name yourself, I use Heart Internet - great value domain names!
If you are registering a name yourself, be sure to make a note of all the information you need to be in control of the name - you'd be surprised how many people lose their log-in information or change their email address so they don't receive renewal information!
You will need it to change settings to direct your domain name to the hosting service for your site.
Please be aware that some companies charge high prices for transferring the name - something you may need to do.
About domain names
Your domain name is your Internet identity, your online brand. Your customers will remember this name and use it to find out about your products and services. No two parties can ever hold the same domain name simultaneously, so your Internet identity is totally unique.
The domain name system came about because it is hard for people to remember the IP address of a website. The domain name is the 'go between' a user and an IP address.
For example, the domain name yourname.com represents your company. When someone types yourname.com in a web browser or sends you e-mail, the Domain Name System (DNS) translates this into the IP address used by the Internet and connects you.
It is useful to have a domain name or e-mail address that is the same or similar to your company name or product. If your name is The Firm, you could register the domain name thefirm.co.uk and your e-mail address could be firstname.lastname@example.org. Your customers would also be able to access your Web site by visiting "www.thefirm.co.uk" with their web browser.
Hide your personal details on any .com, .net, .org, .biz, .me or .xxx domain name. An additional charge is made for this service.