Find Your Perfect Domain Name
Your Domain Name Says A Lot About You!
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We’ve got you covered with excellent support and fast web hosting. My services comes with an free SSL certificate.
A professional email address (for example: firstname.lastname@example.org) connected to your domain with 2 GB of mailbox space to start. Upgrade anytime for more space.
For reliable protection of your website visitors and to increase your ranking on Google, one Wildcard SSL Certificate is included per contract.
Up to 10,000 subdomains to customise and structure your website, for example: news.mycompany.co.uk.
One-click activation makes it easy to connect your domain with email, hosting or social media profiles.
The domain transfer lock ensures your domain cannot be transferred by unauthorised third parties.
24/7 customer support
Professional, knowledgeable support team is always available for help and advice, 24/7.
Every website has a specific name to identify it on the web, called a domain name. Like your home address, it consists of different parts. The domain name has to be unique and only lead to one website. That’s why you need to check if the domain name you want is still free and not already taken.
A domain name may start with “www.” but web browsers will recognise it automatically, so it’s not essential. The next part of the domain name, the second-level domain, is what people will recognise and remember. It could be your company’s name, for example. The last part is the top-level domain (TLD), which can be generic (.net, .com, .org) or geographic (.uk, .wales, etc).
To find out if the domain name you want to register is available, use the domain checker.
Finding the right domain name is the first step in building a successful website and boosting your online presence. Without a strong domain, you risk getting lost in the crowd.
Decide early on if you want to have a brand domain or a keyword domain. Brand domains make a clear link between your business and your website, whereas keyword domains may get better search engine results.
Creating a successful website
Content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress offer a good platform for blogs – Scotts Media offers a WordPress CMS package, which includes a free domain for the first year.
Classic domain extensions like .com work for both options. Country specific extensions (e.g. .co.uk) emphasise local relevance, and new top-level domains (nTLDs) such as .video, .business etc. can also be effective.
It's worth registering more than one domain extension, especially the classic extensions such as .com, as many users will remember them better than the nTLDs. If you own the .com version but prefer the nTLD, you can always set up domain forwarding. This also prevents someone else using your domain name.
It's easy to register a domain name. Here is my step-by-step guide.
- Choose the domain name you want for your website. You can register more than one.
- Check whether your domain name is available using my domain checker tool. This will tell you if the domain contains invalid characters, or if it's already claimed.
- If your preferred domain name is taken, you'll be given alternatives.
- Add your chosen domain/s to your basket. There may be several different package options to choose from depending on your needs.
- Check your order for details such as the domain's expiration date, and how many domains you're registering.
- Create your customer account if you don't already have one.
- Select your payment method and purchase your domain/s.
Hint: Existing customers can add new domains by visiting the Client Hub and clicking "add new domain" in the domains drop-down menu.
Subdomains are useful for organising your website into different categories. Possible categories include:
Target geographical areas or language groups
For example, if your website is in English and Spanish, a subdomain may be used to indicate that this section of your website will be in Spanish, and not English – instead of just domainname.com, es.domainname.com is used.
If your website offers a variety of different services or products, you can create a subdomain for each one, for example: smartphone.domainname.com, or blog.domainname.com.
Having a separate subdomain for logins or account pages on your website is a useful way of organising your site; for your clients and for yourself.
By using a subdomain, you'll be able to track the success of your website more accurately, as you'll see how different sections are performing.
Every domain name is linked to an address on the internet called an IP Address, which is a long string of numbers. Domain names make it easier for internet users to visit websites without having to remember this numerical address. When you visit scottsmedia.co.uk, your browser and computer reads my site's DNS records in order to locate my website's files which are stored on a server. This almost instantaneous directing process allows your browser to access and load websites.
Like Scotts Media, most hosting providers automatically assign DNS records upon domain name registration. In some cases, you may wish to keep your registered domain with one company, but have your website's files and email accounts stored on a different hosting server.
This is called a DNS transfer, and can be arranged within a couple of days. You may wish to alter your DNS records if your domain registration was completed with an expensive hosting company. In this case, you can keep your registered domain but switch to a more affordable hosting provider such as Scotts Media.