Domain names are typically categorized by their extension, which is their identifying code. The three most popular types of Top Level Domains (TLDs), which are domains that are not associated with a country, are:
- .COM: Short for .commercial. Domain names with the .com extension are by far the most popular, and can be purchased by any individual or business.
- .NET: Short for .network, this domain extension was originally designed to be used by technical Web sites. However, domains using this extension can be registered by anyone.
- .ORG: Short for .organization. Originally designated for non-profit firms and any other organizations that did not fit under the .com or .net extension, any individual or business may now register a .org domain name.
We can help you select and register the right domain names that will drive the right (organic) traffic to your business
Learning how to choose a domain name is of the utmost importance whether you are looking for a domain name for your business or for a personal website or blog.
Below are some very important guidelines or rules to follow that will help with choosing the best domain name. Once you have read through these rules for choosing a domain name then be sure and use our instant domain search tool to very quickly search for different domain names. Also, be sure and use our find a domain tools and our auction domain tools to make your search for the best domain name a snap!
Some of these rules are more important than others and a lot will depend on whether your domain name is being purchased for business use or personal use but generally speaking these are domain buying rules to follow in almost every scenario.
What makes a good domain name?
A domain name is an identification label that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority, or control on the Internet, based on the Domain Name System (DNS).
Domain names are used in various networking contexts and application-specific naming and addressing purposes. They are organized in subordinate levels (subdomains) of the DNS root domain, which is nameless. The first-level set of domain names are the top-level domains (TLDs), including the generic top-level domains (gTLDs), such as the prominent domains com, net and org, and the country code top-level domains
The business of resale of previously registered domain names is known as the domain aftermarket. Various factors influence the perceived value or market value of a domain name.
As of 2004, according to Guinness World Records and MSNBC, the most expensive domain name sales on record were:
Business.com for $7.5 million in December 1999
AsSeenOnTv.com for $5.1 million in January 2000
Altavista.com for $3.3 million in August 1998
Wine.com for $2.9 million in September 1999
CreditCards.com for $2.75 million in July 2004
Autos.com for $2.2 million in December 1999
The most recent confirmed sales were:
Bank.ht for $1.4 million in March 2010
Inn.im for $1.8 million in December 2009
Efoundation IT registers domains such as .com, .net, .org, .biz, .co.uk, .info, .co, .ug and many others depending on our clients need. One of the requirements of a website is a domain name. You may drive a car without a log book but you cannot have a website without a domain name, you cannot think of a website without a domain name just like you cannot think of a house without an address.
The right to use a domain name is delegated by domain name registrars which are accredited by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization charged with overseeing the name and number systems of the Internet. In addition to ICANN, each top-level domain (TLD) is maintained and serviced technically by an administrative organization operating a registry. A registry is responsible for maintaining the database of names registered within the TLD it administers. The registry receives registration information from each domain name registrar authorized to assign names in the corresponding TLD and publishes the information using a special service, the whois protocol.