Choosing a Domain Name
If you haven’t already found a domain name for your site, it’s time to take the plunge. Finding the right name might take some time. Your first choice probably isn’t available. Neither is your second. So you’ll need to be patient and creative.
Try to keep these suggestions in mind when looking for and registering a domain name…
It’s established and more reputable. Some may say that all the good ones are taken. I disagree. When trying to come up with a name for this site, I thought, “What would be a good name for a site that teaches people how to quickly and easily create a blog?” One of the first things that came to mind, was “Create a blog now!” I looked it up, and it was available (OK, I got a bit lucky.) Consider dot net
There are currently 113,234,748 registered dot coms, but “only” 15,171,367 dot nets. This means there are still a lot of good dot nets available, which are a good second choice. Keep it short and make it memorable
Especially if there’s a chance you’ll be advertising your site. Make sure it’s easy to pronounce and spell, and avoid hyphens and numbers. Use a keyword or two
Consider incorporating your main keyword in your name. If you’re blogging about camping, have “camping” or something similar in the domain name. If you can’t find a name with “camping,” try a variation with just “camp.” Think regionally
If you will be targeting an audience in a certain country, consider a country specific domain such as “co.uk” for the United Kingdom. Motivate and inspire
Consider using a “call to action” word in your name (e.g., CreateABlogNow.com). People tend to respond favorably when guided via a call to do something. Avoid trademarks (unless they’re yours
Don’t assume. Do a trademark search if you’re not sure if the name or word you like is owned by someone else. Be careful of using something too similar to competing domain names, especially if the competition has deeper pockets than you. Be clever and creative
Every generic term, common phrase and single word domain has been taken. You’ll want to create your own word, term or phrase. Try compounding two whole words that normally wouldn’t be used together (e.g., YouTube, TechCrunch). Blend parts of two or more words together (e.g., Microsoft). Give a hip twist to normal word (e.g., Tumblr, Flickr). Add a prefix or a suffix to a word to create your own (e.g., Shopify, Spotify). Or make up a completely unique name, perhaps based on similar to something else (e.g., Google). Register your domain name with Namecheap
They’re a great company, with good pricing, an easy-to-use interface, and free privacy with every domain name (keeps your personal information out of the hands of scammers and marketers). I’m currently moving all of my names from GoDaddy over to Namecheap (too much nonsense with GoDaddy). Be sure to try their bulk search tool to check multiple names at the same time. Point your name to your new site
Once you’ve registered your name, simply point it to your site. It’s easy to do it if you register your name with Namecheap (see below)…
How to Set-up Your Blog’s IP Address with NameCheap
If you registered your domain name with Namecheap, here are three simple steps you need to take to make sure your domain name actually points to your new site:
1 Login / Select Your Domain Name
Under “Manage Domains,” go to “Modify Domain”…
2 Go to “All Host Records”
In Namecheap’s left hand admin panel, click on “All Host Records” in the “Host Management” section:
3 Update Your IP Address
Every computer on a network has an IP address. Similar to the street address for your home, an IP address helps identifies computers on a network. Enter the IP address given to you by your blog host in the “IP ADDRESS/ URL” field, and choose record type “A” as shown below. This allows you to associate a host with an IP address:
Save your changes, and you’re done!
Test to see if it’s working by typing in your new domain name in your browser’s URL address bar. It normally only takes a minute or two for your changes to go live, but may take as long as 30 minutes.
That’s it… Enjoy your new domain name!