RULES FOR CHOOSING AN IDEAL DOMAIN NAME
Domain name as we all know is the address where internet users can access a website. This can be any combination of letters and numbers, alongside an extension. When creating a domain name, one should have these in mind:
- A domain name cannot be edit once registered, the best you can do is to register another in a situation of error.
- A domain name should be short, as short as possible. Long domain names are hard to remember and one can easily make mistake while typing them into the address bar. For organizations and businesses with long names, it is not a must to use the full names as a domain name. There are no rules that says you must use the name you registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as your domain name (I stand to be corrected)
- We should avoid special characters including – (dash) and _ (underscore) while choosing a domain name.
- We should also avoid the use of numbers in domain names. ‘2fine.com’ can be mistaken for ‘twofine.com’
HOW NOT TO CHOOSE A DOMAIN NAME
- ‘SIMPLEWEBNG.COM’ (rather use ‘simpleweb.com.ng’ or ‘simpleweb.ng’)
- ‘SIMPLE-WEB.COM’ (it can be confused for ‘simpledashweb.com’)
- ‘HOWTOMAKEASIMPLEWEB.COM’ (this is too long to remember. There can also be mistakes while typing into address bar. Avoid long domain names.)
- ‘2SIMPLEWEB.COM’ ( it can be mistaken for ‘twosimpleweb.com’ or ‘toosimpleweb.com’)
BELOW ARE AVAILABLE OPTIONS WHEN CHOOSING A DOMAIN EXTENSION
This list is bias toward local domain extension as an advocate for local content in the internet.
.ng (This is the ccTLD for Nigeria)
.com.ng (This is for commercial entities)
.org.ng (This is for organization and non profits)
.mobi.ng (For mobile lite content and applications)
.name.ng (This is for personal domains)
.sch.ng (This is for school, but documentations are required)
.edu.ng (This is for university and polytechnic. Documentations are also required)
.net.ng (For telecom service providers. Documentations are required)
.gov.ng (For federal, state and local government agencies. Documentations are required)
Note: domain extension of .com is not in any way better than .com.ng (in fact, the later is better for local SEO)