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All about .info

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

The .info generic top-level domain was introduced in 2001 and has since grown to be one of the most widely used TLDs on the Internet. .info domains, as the extension would suggest, tend to be used mainly for websites where the primary goal is to provide information. You’ll find everything from travel information sites to government sites. Golf lovers can visit the home of the PGA while geeky-types can learn all about regular expressions online.

The .info Registry runs a directory of sites and anyone can submit their sites for inclusion in the listing.

.info Quick Facts

  • Afilias is the Registry operator for .info.
  • Anyone can buy a .info domain.
  • There were approximately buy online viagra viagra 5.2 million .info domains registered as of April 2008.
  • .info is the fourth largest gTLD on the internet, after .com, .net and .org.
  • The word ‘info’ means ‘information’ in 37 languages.
  • .infois the fastest growing new TLD to date.

What domain name(s) should I register?

Monday, March 9th, 2009

One of the questions we get asked most often by new customers is “What domain name(s) should I register?”

There are few factors you should take into account when deciding what type of domain name(s) you want for your new website.

Firstly, what type of website is it?

  • If you’re a charity or other non-profit making organisation then you might want to register a .org or .org.uk domain. This type of domain clearly shows visitors to your website what you’re about.
  • If your website is a personal or family website, you can register a .me or .me.uk domain name. Although technically the official domain of Montenegro, .me has been widely adopted as the domain name for personal websites. .me.uk would make a good UK alternative.
  • Businesses and commerical entities have quite a few different options. The most popular being .com for websites doing business around the world or .co.uk for UK companies. People often ask which is best? There’s no definative answer here but as a rule of thumb, if you’re located in the UK and predominantly do business in the UK, we’d recommend a .co.uk.

What about registering more than one domain? One way to get round the decision of whether you should choose a .com or a .co.uk is to register both! Domains name are so cheap these days that you can protect your brand for less than £20 a year for the two domains.

If buy online viagra you’re looking for 100% brand protection then you could end up spending a lot of money on registering domains. At simpledomainnames.co.uk we can currently register 59 different domains!

Free .uk domain name with any hosting plan

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Don’t forget that simplewebhosting.co.uk will give you a .uk domain of your choice absolutely free when you order your web hosting plan.

No strings. No complicated terms and conditions. Just order our Starter, Commerce, Advanced or Windows hosting plan and you can choose to register a .co.uk, a .org.uk or a .me.uk domain absolutely free.

There are over six million .uk domain names registered making it one of the world’s largest Internet registries.

Companies based in the UK usually register a domain name ending in .co.uk, and recent independent research suggests that British Internet users are six times more likely to choose a .uk rather than a .com address when looking for information via an Internet search engine. 72% of respondents also said they would visit a British web site above any other.

Be careful choosing your domain name!

Friday, January 9th, 2009

When you register your domain name, you should double check that it won’t be mistaken for something quite different!

Here’s a few famous examples of domains buy viagra on line that the registrant perhaps should have thought twice about!

So, before you register your domain name at simpledomainnames.co.uk, just take a second to double check it!

Choosing a domain name

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

A domain name is used to identify an organisation’s presence on the internet. It is important that the domain name represents the image of your business effectively and makes the nature of your product or service clear to potential customers.

There are different types of domain names and these are identified by their general part, or the top level domain:

  • generic top-level domains such as .net, .com, .org and .info
  • country code top-level domains such as .uk for the UK

Most UK companies choose to have domain names that end in .com or .co.uk. It is also now possible to have a European Union domain name, ending in .eu.

You should think carefully about the geographical implications of your server and domain names as they can affect local search results. For example, a UK company with a ‘.com’ address which is hosted in the US would not appear in UK only searches. However, if the same company website was hosted in the US but used a ‘.co.uk’ domain name it would appear in UK-only search results. There are a number of free resources available to help you localise your website area, including Google’s Webmaster tools.

When choosing a domain name, most businesses opt for a name that is based on the name of their business or product. It helps if the name is:

  • short
  • easy to spell
  • easy to remember

You should avoid choosing a domain name that misuses a trade mark belonging to another business, or might mislead users into thinking you are someone else. You should also avoid choosing a domain name with lots of dashes, for example my-new-website-business-and-shop.co.uk. It can look amateurish, make it more difficult to remember and some search engines may consider it to be spam.

After deciding on a domain name, you then need to check if it has already been registered by another user. You can register your domain name at www.simpledomainnames.co.uk and once your domain is registered, it is protected.

Domain names are allocated on a first come, first served basis. However, disputes may arise when another party feels that they have a greater right to use a domain name.

Thanks to Business Link for allowing us to reproduce this article.

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