The Internet is a Big Place.
In this day in age, most everyone knows this simple fact. In fact, one could go so far as to say the idea that the Internet is huge is common knowledge. However, what may surprise some is the fact that anyone can stake a claim on a plot anywhere on the World Wide Web. How does one accomplish such a feat? Here are tips from me, a digital native and avid Internet-goer.
1. Dominate a Domain
In essence, domains are the name of a website someone would plug into their browser’s search bar. A domain is basically your home address on the web, so acquiring a domain is much like purchasing prime real estate. First, one will want to find the proper real estate agent to secure a domain name. The simplest solution would be to use a WordPress domain. These are free and can later be updated and tweaked for a small fee. WordPress provides and easy way for anyone to make a domain their own with beautiful website themes and useful plugins. However, if you are like me and wish to delve into the tiniest details of domain design, you may want to purchase a domain from sites like Reclaim Hosting. Providers like Reclaim Hosting allow for ground-up HTML design (something I will go into in later posts) for a nominal fee.
2. Keep it Catchy
Before you click “create” on that shiny new domain name, think through your word choice. A website name should be something anyone can remember and preferably something notable. Think about domains like Amazon.com and Twitter.com. These website names are modern household names. Why? Because they are easy to remember.
3. Be Consistent
I have emphasized the importance of consistent content in previous posts, and these tips apply to website domains as well. As a proud new website hosts, it can be tough to push through what I consider the “honeymoon phase” of web development. Once the newness of website upkeep has worn off, it is easy to up and leave a site due to low visitor numbers. Do not fret, however, as website hosting only just begins upon initial design. In fact, it can take quite a bit of time for search engines to find your website. The best way to encourage SEO optimization (something I talk about here) is through consistent content. Do not leave a domain ghost town behind – persevere!
Designing and hosting a website is simple enough, but it takes dedication to succeed online. What do you think? Are you ready to secure your own URL? Let me know in the comments below.