What is a "domain name"?
A domain name is the label used to identify your
contractor website, for example, yourname.com
or yourcity.com. In order for visitors to access
your site on the Internet, you must select a unique
domain name and register it with an accredited
domain name service like The Design People.
kinds of things should I consider when choosing
a domain name?
Because your domain name will represent your business,
a general rule to follow is make sure that the
name you choose is easy to spell, easy to remember
and instills confidence. It's a good idea for
you to try to stick .com or .net names, as those
are the most commonly accepted and trusted by
visitors to your website. Your domain name can
be up to 67 characters long and can include almost
any combination of letters, numbers and dashes.
However, use care as complicated or long domain
names may break the first rule we mentioned.
I picked out a domain name. How can I find out if it is available?
You can quickly check to see if a domain name
is available by visiting our domain name registration
page at http://domains.thedesignpeople.com.
Type in your domain name into the appropriate
area and click 'Search.' The Design People will
find out if that name is currently available.
If the domain name is already registered, you
may want to try variations of the name.
Someone else is already using the domain name I want. Is there anything I can do?
Once a domain name is registered, it belongs to the person or company that registered it. If you are really interested in having a domain name that is already registered to someone else, you can contact the owner of the domain name to find out if the name is for sale or you can wait for the registration to expire.
Can I have more than one domain name? Can they both point to the same Web site?
Yes. You can have as many domain names as you
like. You can have each domain name point to a
different site, or you can have multiple domain
names point to the same website. Registering multiple
domain names for the same can help prevent competitors
from poaching your potential customers. When picking
multiple domain names-or aliases-for the same
site, consider variations of your name such as
common misspellings as well as both singular and
plural versions of the name. Contact a The Design
People design consultant to find out how.