1. What IS a domain?
Your domain name is the address of your website. Just like your business might be located at 123 US1 South, your website has to have a unique address so people can find it online. Our domain name, for example, is oldcitywebservices.com.
2. How do you purchase a domain?
Domains can be purchased by the year for up to five years at a time. Reserving your domain for multiple years is better for the search engine optimization of your website. A search engine like Google looks at a site that has a domain reserved for multiple years and sees a reliable business that plans on being around for a while.
3. What domain should you choose?
Picking a domain name can be a tough choice. You want something that is relevant to your business, memorable and also search engine friendly. It shouldn’t be too long and you should avoid dashes and other characters than can confuse people. Where possible, try to stick with your business name as your domain name.
4. Is it okay to use multiple domains?
You can register multiple domain names and use them to point visitors to your main website. However, search engines (and people) can sometimes get confused if you have multiple domain names. Most of the time, simpler is better.
5. How often should you check your domain registration?
It’s CRITICAL to keep your domain name registration info up to date. If you have an old email address listed on your domain registration you will NOT receive a notice when your domain is expiring and could lose your domain name for good. If your domain is registered with OCWS you will periodically receive an email from us asking if any of your information has changed. We will also contact you personally when your domain is within 90 days of its expiration so that we can take care of the renewal for you, leaving you free to focus on your business.
Old City Web Services can register a domain for you! Call us and we can get your domain registered in a matter of minutes. All domains registered through OCWS include privacy protection to hide your name and contact information from basic searches. We also lock the domain so that it cannot be transferred without your knowledge.