What is a domain name?
Your domain name is your address on the Internet. e.g. yourdomain.com, yourdomain.co.nz
Domain names are used to help people find your website online and for branding purposes.
What is the best domain name for my business?
This is a key question for your business. There are a number of considerations.
- Is the domain name you are thinking of easy to spell (and mis-spell)? A clear name will help potential customers find you. . Ensure you have covered other ways of spelling your domain name and have the other spellings redirect to your website e.g. onegroup.co.nz redirects to 1group.co.nz.
- Are you going to be doing a lot of advertising for your business name? Even if you are you may want to consider a domain name that states what you do or sell e.g. our website is websitedesignhosting.co.nz because we provide website design, design services and hosting services. Search engines will pick this up.
- Make sure your domain name is easy to remember. A domain name that is very long or uses symbols like ‘-‘ can be confusing. We use both our website domain name websitedesignhosting.co.nz and wdh.co.nz because the abbreviated version is easy to remember but our full domain name explains what we do as well as better indexed by search engines.
- Select relevant suffix. If you are marketing in New Zealand then you will want to use .co.nz or one of the many specialised Second Level Domain (SLD) domain names available with .nz at the end. If your target market is the USA or Australia then you will want to use .com or .com.au Do note that some countries like Australia have conditions for domain registration.
Is the domain name I am looking for available?
It is a good idea to make a list of potential domain names that will be easy for people to remember or identify with and domain names that Search Engines will index that are relative to your services or products.
In some cases you may want to use a number of domain names to redirect to your website but remember that a domain name that simply redirects has a low probability of being indexed with Search Engines. So choose well and you will save money and increase web traffic to your site.
How do I register a domain name?
We can register your domain names for you. Email us with the selection and we can check while on the phone. We will be loading a quick search feature soon so you can search yourself.
What are the costs to register a domain name?
Our domain name rates are simple and include Unlimited email accounts amongst many other features.
Flat account rate – $39.95+gst/year
With Website Design and Hosting your domain name comes loaded with features…here are some of them:
Unlimited email Accounts
Unlimited email forwarders
Mailing Lists Feature
BoxTrapper Spam Trap
MX Record Management
In summary you get a hosting account with us with no monthly fees, 10MB of disk space to use!