picking a domain name.


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Mar 4, 2007
Im getting ready to buy a domain name to possibly start a webpage in the future but i also want an email address @thedomain.com for my immediate gratification. It will involve my name but other than that....anyone have any rules of thumb or things to look out for when picking a domain name. Thanks all.


macrumors G4
Nov 3, 2005
one that noone else has yet :p, other than that no, I currently own <firstname><lastname>.com, so I suppose thats a sensible format.


macrumors 68000
Apr 7, 2003
Mine is my last name so my email address is pretty easy to figure out!

If you go with your name, remember that you'll be much easier for future employers and partners to find. Also, if you have some esoteric interest like the erotic habits of turtles and you start posting it on your website.... Well, let's just say all your friends will find out pretty quickly!

My website is devoted to my family history so it makes sense to use my name.

It also makes sense to pick a name that will reflect your interests, not only now but in the future too. If you think that your interests will change over time, it's probably best to pick something more generic that will have long term appeal.

It really depends upon what you want to use your website for.