Using .Net Hosting Versus .Com, .Org and Other Suffixes For some, registering the right domain name can mean using a .net hosting suffix. For many people and businesses who are interested in setting up their own website, the process involved in registering a domain name and getting their website hosted can be a confusing experience. More and more frequently the website names we wish to register have already been taken in their .com format, and for that reason .net hosting is becoming more and more prevalent. The first stage involved in setting up a new website is registering a domain name that means something and is easily remembered by potential visitors and customers. This domain name can be any combination of words or characters and is most useful when kept short and sweet to be easily remembered. These names are then suffixed by terms including .com, .net, .org or other regional terms such as .fr, .de and .jp. The most common domain suffix is .com, and is therefore the logical choice for those trying to register their own domain. However, the problem with registering unique .com names is that anything meaningful and catchy is largely taken in this format. The temptation is to keep trying new words and phrases that have not been registered in hope of finding a space for your own little piece of the Internet. This can result in domain names that are far too long, far too confusing, or easily forgettable. A better strategy is to search for different available suffixes so that you can retain the same simple catchy phrase and improve the chances that your website name will be remembered. It should be noted, however, that not all suffixes are as easily available. Websites ending .edu are reserved for educational sites, .org is intended for non profit organizations and .gov is for government websites, to name only a few. This has lead to an increase in demand for domain names with .net hosting. Let’s pretend you run a small restaurant business and are looking to register your own domain name to set up a website. You want your customers to be able to look over your menu and post reviews for others. Which name do you think would be more easily remembered, restaurantname.net or restaurantnameandstreetaddress.com? Precisely. However, there are downsides to some of the possible suffixes you are allowed to register. .Com and .net carry a built in authority and reputation that not only enhances your visitor’s perception but also the resale value should you ever sell. More obscure domain endings that do not already have a place in the mind of everyday Internet users can put them on guard. For optimal results, therefore, it is best to search for .com or .net hostin g when searching for new domain names, which can be performed on any domain registrar’s website to tell you what is and isn’t currently available. Once you have found the right domain name for you or your business that is available, perhaps with a .net suffix, you just need to buy a domain name by selecting that domain name and order it. The registrar will take care of everything else for you. You only need to remember to renew your order when it runs out, typically after 12 months. The last step for you to perform to be published on the World Wide Web is to design your website and set up hosting. The domain registrar you used to order your domain name will typically offer these services as well, but you are free to use other companies or do it yourself if you feel comfortable. However, for the majority of requirements, using the same registrar will give you the quickest and easiest solution, and offer varying packages depending on what you plan on using your new domain name for. Having an online presence in today’s market is absolutely essential for many companies. For those new to the process, it is not as difficult as it may at first seem, but at the center of this strategy is having a catchy website name that customers will remember. If the .com counterpart is taken, do not be afraid of using a .net hosting alternative.
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