Question About Domain Name...

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by romeo.xk, May 18, 2009.

  1. romeo.xk macrumors 6502a

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    I just wanted to get some feedback, I'm gona be starting my own personal website, no for business, but just for pics of my trips and such, now, I'm just trying to chose the domain name, I just can't decide if I want to use a nick, or if I want to use my own real name. So, what do you guys think???
     
  2. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    I use my full name in my domain name (jamiehamilton.org).

    If you want to buy a .org name from GoDaddy, use coupon code goaorg01a to get it for only $7.
     
  3. romeo.xk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    My ISP gives me a domain name for free, and hosting, I just wanted to know what the opinion was as far as using my full name as the domain name, is what I like, but since there are so many weird things going on now a days, I just wanted to get some opinions...
     
  4. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    If you use your real name, then you can make subdomains off it for all your other sites. For example, my Apple weblog is at iblog.jamiehamilton.org, and my other sites are all at ____.jamiehamilton.org, etc.

    If you buy your own name, then you can use the same domain name for other things via subbing.

    If you buy "johns-photo-site.com" for example, you really can't sub off it for other sites.

    My 2¢
     
  5. romeo.xk thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool, just one more question while I got your attention, would it make a difference if I use a "-" on the name?:confused:
     
  6. maclover001 macrumors 6502a

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    Only if you have to, by the way it could be interpreted, but it does look better without.

    For example, ExpertsExchange vs ExpertSexChange.
     
  7. macjram macrumors 6502a

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    It's really all about you.

    I used my initials

    http://www.mfjram.com

    (the mf isnt my initials lol, stands for mfin)

    and I also own

    http://www.dirtyshoebox.com

    "dirtyshoebox is a project that I’m tryna working on. theres gonna be hella projects within it and then I decided mfjram is just gonna be my personal blog so like all that other **** on the homepage (on mfjram) like comics, 1|24, and etc. is gonna be on dirtyshoebox lol. why is it called dirtyshoebox? cause I have a shoebox that I put most of my art stuff, letters, journals, and hella other stuff in there and its where a lot of my ideas come from. makes sense now?" - from mfjram (blog) lol

    and my auntie's nickname is apey, and her domain is

    http://www.apeyisrad.com

    so it all comes down to what you want. have fun with it. you could always buy another domain if you wanted =]. Luckily I bought these domains for $2.50 each from a good friend of mine.

    keep us updated on what you decide ! good luck on choosing
     
  8. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816

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    it doesen't have to be either

    http://www.istanbulism.com is what I use for my personal blog. It may become more than a personal blog in the future.
     
  9. Pika macrumors 68000

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    My domain name is simple:

    (Animation Television)

    http://anim.tv/

    I highly recommend short ones.
     
  10. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Whatever domain you get, the other advantage is that you can then put all your personal email through it (instead of gmail, hotmail, or your ISP.) You will never have to let all your contacts know your new email address (as long as you keep your domain) if you change ISPs or email providers. Keep the gmail and/or hotmail addresses for your online postings, and your domain email for personal friends. You can then jettison the gmail/hotmail address as it gets flooded with spam.
     
  11. Pika macrumors 68000

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    Naming your site after your domain may seem obvious to some of you, but you'll be surprised to learn that not every website is named after the domain name even when the webmaster owns that domain name.

    Naming a site after its domain name is important, for the simple reason that when people think of your website, they'll think of it by name. If your name is also your URL, they'll automatically know where to go. For example, when people think of anim.tv, they don't have to wonder what URL to type into their browser to get there. The name of the site is also the URL.

    Imagine if your business (or website) is called "Acme", but somebody else holds that domain name. Instead, you have some obscure domain name called, say, "mybusiness.com". What happens when your customers, recalling that Acme has a product they want, type "www.acme.com"? They'll wind up at your competitor's website. One lost sale.

    In the modern world of the Internet, where people automatically turn to the Web for information, it pays to have a domain name that reflects your site or business. There are just fewer things for your customers or visitors to remember. Moreover, you don't seriously think that they'll try to memorise an unrelated URL just because you want them to, do you? The only people who'll memorise it are you and your competitors who want to compare your prices.

    What if you cannot get the domain name of your choice? It really depends on how committed you are to that particular name. If you have an existing brand name that you're known for, you'll probably not want to ditch that name just because you couldn't get the domain name. After all, it took you a lot of time and money to establish that name. If so, you might simply want to try to buy over the domain name from the current owner. Check up the "whois" information for the domain, and contact that person listed to see if they're willing to sell it. You probably should be aware that they are likely to want to charge a higher fee than you'll normally get when buying new domains (assuming they want to sell it in the first place).

    On the other hand, if you're just starting out, you might prefer the cheaper alternative of trying to obtain a domain name first, and then naming your website (or business) after the domain that you've acquired. So if you've acquired, say, the domain name "acme.com", then your website and business might be named "Acme" or "acme.com". I know this seems a bit like putting the cart before the horse, but that's the reality if you don't want to lose out on the Internet.
     

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