This article is to guide you on what domain names are and hosting for your Ecommerce site (Online Store).
What is a domain name and why do I need a host?
A domain name is almost like your house address and a host is your house. In this instance, you are housing all your computer files (HTML, documents, images, videos, etc.) in a web host.
How do I choose the best domain name for my site?
Here are some tips:
- Make sure it's easy to type
- Keep it short
- Use keywords (to improve Search Engine Optimisation (SEO))
- Avoid numbers and hyphens
- Research it first - make sure the name you want hasn't already been trademarked
When should I use the different extensions?
.com (most popular extension)
.co (an abbreviation for company, commerce, and community)
.info (informational sites)
.net (technical, Internet infrastructure sites)
.org (non-commercial organisations and non-profits)
.biz (business or commercial use, like e-Commerce sites)
.me (blogs, resumes or personal sites)
How to purchase?
Here are some options on where to get hosted and register your domain name.