When you plan to create a website or blog, there are at least two components that you must prepare. Both components are domain names and web hosting. Domain and hosting are two elements owned by a weblog where both are integrated with each other.
Domain or domain name, is a unique name that has a function to identify the name of a computer server such as a web server or e-mail server on a computer or internet network. The existence of a domain name will make it easier for internet users when accessing network servers.
Simply put, the existence of a domain name has a function to make it easier for us to access web pages without having to remember a long row of numbers called the IP address (Internet Protocol Address).
Domain names are divided into various types where each type has its own characteristics and levels. Domain names can be owned for free and also paid.
Here are some types of domain names:
1. TLD (Top Level Domain)
2. gTLD (Generic Top Level Domain)
3. Sub Domain
Definition of Top Level Domain (TLD); is a domain name that has a top level. Some domain name extensions with upper level levels include .com, .net, .org, .info, etc.
Definition of Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD); is a domain name with a high level level in a country, such as .co.uk for gTLD United of Kingdom, .com.au for Australian gTLD, or .web.id for gTLD Indonesia.
Definition of Sub Domain; Sub Domain is a second level domain name. If you create a blog using a sub domain, you can get the sub domain for free.
Examples of sub domains: tips.hostingterbaikindonesia.org, unlimited.hostingterbaikindonesia.org, vps.hostingtrbaikindonesia.org.
Tips for Choosing a Domain Name
Now you understand what the domain and its types are. Then how do you choose a good domain name for your website or blog? Please refer to some tips on choosing the right domain name below.
*) Tips for choosing a domain name below are tips for choosing TLD domain names.
1. Choose a Unique Domain Name
A unique domain name is a domain name that has a distinguishing value. Suppose you want to create a website with a domain name that contains the appendages of bluehost or godaddy, then the two domain names no longer look unique because the website bluehost.com and godaddy.com already exist.
2. Choose a domain name that is easy to remember
Try not to choose a domain name that is hard to remember. Choose a domain name that is easily spelled so that your website visitors will find it easier to remember your website if at any time they want to visit your website again. In addition, choosing a domain name that is easy to remember will also make it easier for visitors to type it.
3. Choose a Short Domain Name
This point is actually not too priority, but if possible you should choose a domain name of no more than 25 characters. In addition to making it easier for visitors to remember, a short domain name also seems more simple and professional.
4. Choose SEO Friendly Domain Names
SEO friendly domain names are a domain name that contains keywords in it. This aims to give strength to the keywords that you aim at. Suppose you want to create a blog that later the blog will contain articles about Indonesia’s best web hosting , so ideally the domain name must contain the word “hosting”.
Read: 5 of Indonesia’s best web hosting
5. Select International Domain Extensions
If you target visitors globally, it’s a good idea to choose an international domain name extension. Some international domain name extensions include .com, .net, .info, and .org. Most global websites or blogs are still using these four domain name extensions.
6. Avoid using hyphens (-) and numbers
The use of hyphens or numbers on domain names is actually not absolute to be avoided, it’s just that the existence of these hyphens will give a bad impression because most spammers use hyphens on the domain names of their websites or blogs in order to emphasize keywords.
7. Use a Domain Name Search Tool Quickly
You can use online tools to find ideal domain names quickly. One of the tools you can try is Domainr. The web tool will help you find domain names easily and quickly based on the words you type, for example “cheap domains”, “best hosting”, “best hosting”, “carinsurance”, etc.
8. Register Your Domain Name Immediately
When you have pocketed the idea of a domain name and the domain name is not registered, then immediately buy the domain name. Try not to procrastinate because it does not rule out the possibility that the domain name will be registered by someone else, especially if the domain name has a commercial side.
9. Choose a Domain Name from a Trusted Registrar
As with choosing web hosting services, choosing a domain name should also be considered in the reputation of the domain name service provider. This is important to prevent you from unwanted things that could potentially harm you in the future. Currently there are many trusted domain name registrars in Indonesia that you can make a choice.
10. Choose the Best Price
The consideration in choosing the last domain name is related to price. If the article tips on choosing quality web hosting, I often mention the sentence price is usually directly proportional to the quality of service, for this domain name there is an exception because the scope of domain name and web hosting functionality is very different.
Find a trusted domain registrar that offers the best domain prices. And that needs to be noted, do not then be tempted by the price of the first purchase, make sure also the renewal price is relatively affordable. The TLD domain price range for the .com, .net, and .org extensions is between 100-125 thousand.
So some tips on choosing a domain name wisely, hopefully useful. And for those of you who are still unfamiliar with web hosting, articles Understanding web hosting and its functions may be useful for you.
Finally, for the record to you, the domain name cannot be replaced. Alternatively, you can register a new domain name which later you will be able to add a redirect script to your new domain page. However, this will cause a number of negative impacts, especially related to SEO. On the other hand, you have to pay rent for multiple domain names for the same webpage.
Therefore, it is very important for you to consider it carefully before you decide to register a particular domain name so that the domain name does not have to be directed to a new domain name that you think is more ideal or for other important reasons.