Updated: Jul 15
When looking into purchasing a domain name and building a website for your business or brand, there are common questions and interesting details that every business owner should ask. We want to get those questions answered for you and show why it is so important that every business, no matter size, has a domain name.
1. What's a domain name?
Domain names were created because it's so much easier to remember a business name or word rather than a string of numbers that make up an IP address (Internet Protocol). Every computer has an IP address assigned to it - much like a street address. But instead of having to memorize a long string of numbers, a domain name is assigned. The domain name system, or DNS, takes domain names and translates them into their IP address so that computers can communicate with one another.
When you enter a domain name into your web browser, the browser simply uses that domain name to locate its corresponding IP address and then shows you the website associated with it. If you own a business, PureEdge Domains can help you find a domain name that best suits your business so you can easily promote its website.
But PureEdge Domains isn't just about domain names. We've got everything you need to get online. From inexpensive web hosting to emails to building your website to printing, and visibility so you can attract new customers. We have you covered.
2. Why do I need a domain name?
A domain name can serve as your distinct identity on the internet; it becomes a part of your brand. If you want to promote yourself and your business, a specialized domain name is as essential as your logo. A domain that is tailored to your needs will make you look professional and capable and can boost your presence on the web so you get noticed.
If you're starting a business, a domain name search can not only help you become discoverable and accessible, it can actually help you with ideas for a creative business name. We've got some fantastic tips to help you discover the most suitable name for your needs.
The bottom line is that a good domain name can go a long way toward generating traffic to your Web site and building your reputation.
3. Can I get help in my domain name search?
Absolutely! Our domain name search tool can assist you by offering suggestions and alternatives to any domain you search for. If you're still having issues or just want some guidance, our world-class, support team is available to help lead you towards the best domain name possible for your business or personal use.
If we are developing your website, your account representative will be happy to sit down with you and go through all of the different domain name possibilities.
Is there a limit on how long or short my domain can be?
Typically, there is a limit to a domain length, with the minimum being 1 character and the maximum being 63 characters. Ideally, you want your domain name to accurately reflect your brand, whether it's personal or business-oriented. We provide some guidelines for picking out a great domain name.
4. What if the domain I want is already taken?
Don't get discouraged in your domain name search if what you're looking for is already taken. We have a couple of ways of dealing with such a situation. You can try our Domain Broker Service, where we negotiate acquiring the domain from its current owner. We also offer a Domain Backorder service, where you purchase a backorder credit to give you a chance to get the domain when it goes into auction.
But in the case you can't get the domain name you want, we can help you find one that is suitable or comparable. You may even find the domain name with a better extension.
5. Can I purchase any domain extension?
A handful of domains will have restrictions on them, which means you can only purchase them if you meet or exceed certain criteria or have authorization (some examples are .gov, .edu and .mil). But most extensions are available to everyone. In fact, most country code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) are available for anyone to purchase, even if you don't reside in the country code in question.
The bottom line is that a good domain name can go a long way toward generating traffic to your Web site and building your reputation. That, in turn, will result in more customers and better sales.