What is in a Domain Name?
There are four parts to every domain:
This prefix indicates what kind of protocol your browser needs to communicate in to interact with the information on your domain. HTTP stands for hypertext transfer protocol is the most common protocol for Internet Websites although there are others such as HTTPS and FTP.
The “www” indicates that your domain is part of the World Wide Web. (However, when you use our services you can also access your domain by going directly to http://newnet.co.za).
This is the domain name we selected and acts as our virtual address. It can be the name of your business, your surname. Plainly put, this name links to your business.
The domain extension indicates either what type of organisation your website represents OR where your website is located in the world. So for example, a .ORG domain will tell a user that the website is an organisation, while a .NET will indicate that the website is a network. .CO.ZA is the domain extension that will indication that a website is hosted in South Africa.
Choosing a Domain Name…
Think of a domain name that you would like to register. Take the following into account before deciding upon a name:
- Think of a few names that you would like to register and rank them. It’s likely that your first couple of choices will already have been taken, so it’s worth while using a couple of options and combinations.
- A domain name should be as short as possible. The shorter it is, the easier it is to remember.
- A domain name should relate to whatever material will appear on your website / online system.
- A domain name should be as intuitive as possible. So don’t use strange combinations of letters, words and numbers.
- Decide on a domain extension which will either indicate in which country your website is located (for example, South Africa: co.za) or what kind of entity your domain represents (for example, Organisation: .org or Company: .com).
- Once you have decided on a few names, see if your domain is available now through the Newnet Domain Availability Checker.
Domain Name Facts
- No two domains can be the same unless the extension is different (as in www.example.co.za and www.example.com)
- You can register as many domains as you like.
- Once you have registered a domain, it belongs to you and cannot be used by anyone else (BUT, only as long as the account is maintained and kept up-to-date from year to year).
- To use your domain, the domain must be hosted on a server.
- If you do not update your account or pay future registration fees, you may loose your domain or someone else might purchase it!
Why do I need a Domain name
To have a unique website address that will link customers to your website that can be found on the internet! It’s like asking you why do you need a mobile number? Without a mobile number, people wont know how to contact you on your mobile.
What is the big deal about getting a domain name?
If you want to get a website and you want people to find you on the internet, you need a unique name that can be identified with your business or brand. It tells customers where to find you.
Choosing a good domain name is important. If the name does not match your business name then it must be closely related to the products or services you sell. Your domain name must also be easy to remember so that customers do not have to work hard to find your site online. Having a registered domain name with a live Website is sometimes the first priority for a business today, because it is a very inexpensive way to get your business name and information in front of the public.
Other primary reasons for a business to register one or more domain names is to protect copyrights and trademarks, secure unique product names and increase their brand awareness with the public.
Once a domain name has been registered, it is no longer available. The most popular and easily-remembered domain names are being reserved daily, at an alarming rate. At this rate, in the near future, only obscure domain names will be available for registration. Avoid somebody else from registering the name you want.
What to keep in mind when deciding on a domain name
- Keep the domain name as short as possible
- Choose a name that is easy to spell and remember
- Make it easy to pronounce
- Choose a name you can brand
- Make it easy to say and non-confusable with another domain name
- Make it directly related to either your business name or
- Make it directly related to keywords from your industry or
- Make it descriptive of your site’s content
Let us give you an example:
John Clarke is a wedding photographer and lives in Randburg. He realises in order to attract more customers, he needs a website with information, an online portfolio and ways to contact him. In order to get his website ready, he needs a web designer/ company, a domain name and a hosting account.
Because John has been in business for quite some time now, most of his past customers know his business as John Clarke Photography. Because people don’t always keep information with them, they might only remember his name or the name of his business. In order to get the right domain name and make sure people find him on the internet, he can choose to register one (or all) of the suggested domain names below. Take note that the longer you take to register preferred domain names, the less chance there is that it will be available for your use later. Product/Service keyword domains are almost not available anymore.
Product/Service keyword related Domain Suggestions
Business Name Domain Suggestions
How do I transfer my domain
If you already have a domain name, but you are not satisfied with the service you receive from the current Hosting Provider, are looking for cheaper alternatives, or just want to move your domain to Newnet, the process is quite simple and easy.
How much will it cost to transfer my domain name
We do not charge for domain name transfers… as long as your domain is not due or overdue for renewal. International domain name transfers are effectively free but owners are required to pay for at least one year’s registration fee in case of a Registry Transfer.