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Choosing Your Domain Name

Posted by HostAsean Editor on 15 04 2015. in Getting Started, Online Business, Web Hosting

Choosing your domain name

Choosing your domain name can be very difficult these days since so many have already been registered. Ideally you want something memorable, short, and brandable. Almost everything is already taken but it is still possible to get a good .com with some simple tips.

Be a bit abstract

Names of food, fruit, flowers and things like that, especially if easily translated in other languages can help you come up with a unique company name if you are starting from scratch.

Words in different languages

Often your location has a lot to do with your business, so it make it easier to just add the country or an associated word to your company name.

Try and stick to two words

Shorter domain names work best, and although much harder to find, it is better to have two words than three.

No different to search engines

Your domain doesn’t make much difference to your search engine rankings, so stuffing it with keywords won’t magically get you to the top. Better have a good brand and memorable name than internet-website-email-hosting-company-asia.com.

Go for a country level domain

If your business is targeted to a specific country, then you will usually get a much wider selection of domains with the country extension instead of the .com. If you’re in Singapore or Laos then anyone can freely register a .sg or .la domain name. Some countries like Cambodia are more restrictive and and you need to have a registered company to register .kh domain names – but it is possible.

Try these domain search tools

Here are a couple of handy tools to help with choosing your domain names:
NameMesh is a great tool for generating ideas which combines the words you input and searches hundreds of domains based its algorithm.
Short Domain Search allows you to specify domain length, extension, and specific letter combinations to try and find your perfect short domain name.


Once you’ve chosen your domain name and checked that it is available, then register your domain here before anyone else does. Got any more tips for choosing a domain name? Let us know in the comments below.

 

HostAsean Editor
HostAsean Editor
Website Editor at Host Asean Ltd.
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