Answering Your Questions about Domain Names

Being in the web design and development business, we get a lot of questions from our clients about domain names and what they need to know to launch their new site.

Back40 Design Blog: Answering your questions about domain names

FAQs About Domain Names

Today, we bring you answers to some of the most common questions we hear.

  • What’s a domain name?
    Also known as the URL or web address, the simple, non-technical answer is that your domain name is the name a person would enter to find your website.  Example: back40design.com
  • Which one is best for me (or my business)?
    Your domain name needs to be easy to remember and spell, and it is best if it is related to your business or business name. Common TLDs (top-level domains) available are: .com, .net, .org. By far, the most common is .com, but depending on your business another option may be a better fit. Nonprofits and associations could use .org.
  • Is the domain I want available?
    You will have to search to find this out. Even though you enter a domain and it doesn’t open a website, it may not actually be available for purchase. There are many online tools for checking domain name availability – like GoDaddy’s domain name search.
  • What’s a domain registrar?
    This is the company/organization that