How to Make a URL for a Business Websiteby Contributor
Get your business online now for even more sales. Making a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) for your business website is not as hard as it sounds; a URL is the actual website address for your business. Once you have named your business and paid for the domain name registration, the URL is yours alone as long as you continue to pay for the domain name. Read on to learn more.
Choose a Name for Your Business
Think of a name that pertains to your business. Try to stay away from geographical locations in a name, as you will now be doing business worldwide.
Go to a website that will give you suggestions for the name you are thinking about. Domaintools.com, formerly Whois.com is a great site with many tools to help you select a name. Use the suggestion engine for variations on the name you'd like to use.
Use search engines to see if the domain name you want has been used before. Even though the domain name is now available, it may have been used previously and will confuse potential customers if search engines can still find the old site.
Select a name with .com as the address; .com's are the most successful addresses because it's easy to remember. Avoid using a hyphen in the name, as most people will forget to hyphenate it when searching. Most search engines will search through .com addresses before .net's so your search engine ratings will be higher with a .com address.
Register the URL
Decide if you will be building the website yourself or if you will pay someone to build it for you. You can build a website yourself if you choose a host that has a website builder included in the price of your monthly service. BlueVoda.com has free domain names with their service and include an easy builder; they have video tutorials and help forums for any questions.
Pay for your domain name through a discount domain registration site such as GoDaddy.com if you are having someone else build your website. Registering your domain name is easy and costs as little as $8 to $20 a year. If you have your website builder do this for you, he will most likely double or triple that amount.
Make sure you are listed as the contact for the website when registering your domain name; if not, you may not receive a renewal notice when it's time to renew and could lose your website URL.
- check Choose a website builder that requires no knowledge of html, if building it yourself.
- check Mark your calendar for eleven months after you've registered the domain name, so you don't forget the renewal date.