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    Newbie: Need info on creating domain

    Hi

    I am a web designer in learning. I am going to start creating sites and have them hosted just for practice purposes, more than likely on a free host (No clients in 2007).
    I am being told to create my own domain name. What is the best way to do that?
    How about choosing that domain name, are there any tips to help me as I might keep that domain for my future web design business?
    I am afraid to pick a name too cheezy at first.

    Thanks a lot

    Patrick

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    if you are nervous about selecting a name for yourself, you could buy a domain in the aftermarket. Try the aftermarket domain sales providers, sedo, afternic, tdnam, or the aftermarket forums at dnforum or namepros.
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    Thanks Stu

    Hi

    I will check your links out. I think I might be able to come up with a name but since I have never done it, I am looking for tips on what to call or not.

    Thanks a lot

    Patrick

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    i some times think of names in other languages? greek names come out really well for some reason. Or you could put maybe 10 good names that are available in a hat and pick one out? its not the name that people will be looking at. Its your quality of work and service.

    good luck!

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    Thanks a lot

    Great tip on languages, I am fluent in french so maybe I'll find something cool.

    Thanks a lot

    Patrick

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    You know there must be a keyword in your domain. It'll be very important for further optimization of your site. And this keyword must be closely connected with your business.

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    Keyword

    Hi

    About keyword you mean like a butcher shop should have one like "Meat" or "Poultry" or even "butcher" in it, something like that?
    I am wondering about .net and .us right now, a lot more available with these top level domains. What do you all think about a "Mynamehere.net"?

    Thanks

    Patrick

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    Do you intend to have a commercial or hobby website? If it's commercial, you really should have a .com domain (although there are a few exceptions). If it's a hobby site, then almost any other extension is ok. Keywords in domains are usually important, but you can overcome a lack of keyword by good seo (seach engine optimisation) and content. You could also choose a goofy nonsensical name and brand it to your website. We'd really need to know more about your intentions.
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    Stu

    Definitely a business I am planning on. I am going to start building websites for fun and practice in 2007. I will get my new domain name hosted and will create sub-domains for other sites. I am planning on creating 5-10 in 2007 for practice purposes and review by fellow web designers and friends.No sales planned for the next year.
    I would like to have a name and keep it in the future, use people to see it, make a logo, get business cards eventually and so on....

    Thanks

    Patrick

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    I'd definitely go with .com domain then. somethingdesign.com or somethingstudios.com might be ok for such a website. Of course, replace "something" with something else With that idea you might be able to find a name unregistered, and you wouldn't have to pay an arm and a leg if you were to buy something in the aftermarket. You'd definitely get a reasonbly good domain for under $100. Try TDNAM.com. It's $5/yr to join, but well worth it.
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    Bought my domain on Godaddy

    Stu and anyone in the know.

    I went to Tdnam.com and bought a $5 domain name. I browsed like 20 pages of auctions using their fine search features.Only two attracted me including 1 that I couldn't pass, I am thrilled.
    Confirmation purchase was emailed to me, I bought the domain $5, membership $5 and domain renewal $9.
    What is next? How do I register the site? I went to a Whois site and it is still listed as belonging to the seller and being auctionned via Godaddy?

    Thanks for your help

    Patrick

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    Wow! Congrats. It takes 14 days before it appears in your GoDaddy control panel. So you'll need to open up a free account at GoDaddy.com, if you haven't already done so.

    You will now need to contact a webhost. Don't use Godaddy for hosting. There are a million opinions about both domain registrars and webhosts. For a beginner, you couldn't do much better than Hostgator.com.

    BTW. Since you are now the proud owner of the domiain, what was the name you bought?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vaindioux
    How do I register the site?
    What do you mean by 'register the site'? You register *domain*, but *create/design/code* the website.
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    Wrong terminology used

    Stan

    I got too excited, I meant "Register the domain".

    Patrick

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