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Choosing a domain name

You will find a warehouse's worth of content online offering advice and guidance about choosing a domain name, but to be frank it's not that hard. The difficulty lies in finding one that is actually available!

A good domain name should be 3 things:
1. Easy to remember
2. Easy to type
3. Relevant to your service or brand

Ideally it should also still have the .com, co.uk & .net available to prevent you losing traffic and anyone cyber-squatting on one of the big three domain extensions in the UK.

Domain Name Facts:
» 75% of all domain names registered globally are a .com .uk is the 2nd biggest country specific domain extension with 9m domains registered (Germany is number 1)
» 80% of UK users would choose to visit a .uk website over a .com when presented with a search result.
» When making a purchase, 77% of UK users prefer a .uk website


You will find that a lot of descriptive domain names already have the .com taken and possibly the co.uk as well. An alternative to both options described above is to create a name that could not possibly have been taken and build your brand around that. Existing examples include Ning.com, Meebo.com & Flickr.com.

Example:
Wrong: online-flower-delivery-service-york.co.uk
Right: yorkflowers.co.uk

Tips on choosing a domain name

Keep it short, keep it simple
To find your site people need to be able to remember your address and easily type it into their browser. Aim to register the shortest name that your customers and visitors will associate with your website.

co.uk, com, eu, net, org...?
It is a good idea to register several similar domain names, particularly if you own a trademark for a certain name. If possible register the .co.uk, .com, .eu and .net. These are the most popular domain names and by registering all of them you can help to prevent cyber squatters and losing traffic.

Consider common typos
If you have a domain name that can easily by pluralised or miss-spelled consider registering those as well to stop traffic going elsewhere.

Don't shell out large amounts of money
Some companies still sell domain names for as much as £100 per year. Make sure you are getting a good deal!

FAQ's

How long will it take for my new domain name to become active?
Domains are registered as soon as you order them, however it can take between 24 and 72 hours for a domain name to become visible on the Internet as each DNS updates its database of domain names.

Can I buy a domain name, but not buy web hosting?
Yes, you do not have to buy the web hosting when you buy a domain name. If you decide to add web hosting in the future you can easily upgrade with one of our feature rich hosting packages.


Do I own the domain name?
Yes - unlike some companies we always register the domain in your name or in your customer's name if you are working on someone's behalf.

Can I transfer the domain at any time?
Yes, you can, and we provide a control panel so that you can make these changes yourself at any time and that's all included in the price.

Do I get a certificate of ownership for the domain I purchase?
In the past Nominet issued certificates as confirmation of the contract that exists between Nominet and the registrant and this continued until August 2003. Paper certificates and reply Forms have now been replaced by an online system called Registrants Online.

How do I renew a domain with ee-scape?

We will contact customers via email about 30 days before the domain is due for renewal. You can then decide whether to renew the domain name or not. For this reason, we always ask customers to ensure that their email address is valid, working and up-to-date, to ensure they get such messages.

Can I sell the domain to somebody else?

Yes you can. It's yours to do with as you please. For all non .uk domains, we provide the facility in the control panel to change the owner details for a domain at any time. For .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk domains, such changes have to be made through the naming authority Nominet who can advise you on the procedure.

What is a .tel domain name?

A .tel domain allows you to store, publish and update online all your contact information and keywords under your unique domain name, without the need for a website. As soon as you buy a .tel domain name you will get access to the .tel control panel where you can add and remove your contact information. This information is then shown to anyone who goes to your-domain.tel. .tel domains are unlike other domains, you cannot setup web or email forwarding, change the name servers or use a .tel domain name to host your own website

How can I pay for my web hosting account or domain name?

Payment can be made via paypal (Bank Transfer, MasterCard, Visa, Maestro (Switch), Solo, Visa Electron and Visa Delta.) or via cheque.

Do I get an invoice?


Yes, every time you buy a product from us we will email you an invoice.

Do you charge VAT?

Yes, all prices, except where specifically marked include VAT

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