WHY YOU NEED A DOMAIN NAME
Build your brand and credibility with a domain name from the world’s largest registrar.
The perfect domain lets people know why you’re online and establishes you and your business as legitimate. With your own domain, you can create a website to showcase your products and services and establish professional email so your customers know messages from you are real.
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Bottom line – your customers expect it. In today’s marketplace, people have access to a large amount of information right at their fingertips, and can easily find and compare businesses. Without a domain name and website, there’s a strong change customers won’t know your business even exists if they can’t find it online.
97% of people learn more about a local company through the internet. And while you can set up business pages on various social media platforms, many customers will avoid them for the fear of being scammed. Having a website, along with professional email tied to your domain name, will show potential customers your business is legitimate and safe.
With a domain name, you can:
You can check the availability of the domain name by typing it into the search bar at the top of this page. We’ll tell you immediately if someone else already owns it, and offer alternatives if the domain you want is taken.
You can also find out who owns a domain using our WHOIS Lookup tool.
We also offer a Domain Backorder service where you can purchase a backorder credit to give you a chance to get the domain you want if or when it goes to auction.
Domain name registration is the process of finding a web address (like NSIGNIAcorp.com) and then signing up to use it.
While you don’t technically own the domain, once you’ve registered it, it’s yours to use as long as you continue paying the annual registration fee.
The letters after the period in a web address are known as the domain extension. For example, in NSIGNIAcorp.com, the .com is the extension of the NSIGNIAcorp domain name. The five most common domain extensions are .com, .net, .org, .co, and .us.
A .com domain extension is open to everyone and by-far the most popular for any business. It is widely recognized as “official” by most people. The .com extension is can also lead to more favorable search rankings according to SEO.com, and it carries must more authority that one with a new or unfamiliar extension.
Much like the .com extension, .net is open to anyone. What was originally intended for internet service providers or networks has now become a popular alternative to .com websites. The .net TLD might be a nice option for tech- or web-based companies because it implies network and technology.
The .org extension was originally designed to represent not-for-profit organizations but is now available to anyone. It’s a popular domain extension for many non-governmental organizations, nonprofits, politicians and political parties, and online communities. Many web users associate .org with a trustworthy and reliable source of information, but they don’t typically associate it with commercial brands, so if you’re planning on selling products or services through your site, .org is not recommended.
If you’re not sure which extension is right for you, we’re here to help. Click the Chat button to get in touch with us, or request a free consultation here.
How long your domain registration lasts can vary depending on the domain you purchase. Many domain name registrars will allow customers to register domains for 10 years at a time, but typically customers will register domains for one to three years.
If you want to extend your registration, it’s easy to renew your domain with NSIGNIA®. You can choose to manually renew or set up auto-renewal, so you ensure it stays registered to you.
When searching for a good domain name, keep these 4 things in mind:
- Reflect your brand. Ideally, your domain name should be your business name, since that’s how customers will think of you.
- Keep it short. Shorter domain names are easier for customers to remember.
- Avoid numbers or hyphens. Customers might not remember to include hyphens, and if they hear your web address with a number, they won’t know if you’re using the numeral 5 or “five” spelled out. If your business name has a number in it, register both versions – with the number and with the number spelled out.
- Register more than one domain. Keep your name safe by registering both common misspellings, as well as various domain extensions, such as .org, .net, .info, etc.
We’re here to help you every step of the way getting your business online. Click the Chat button to get in touch with us, or request a free consultation here.
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