Before you launch a website for your business, you need to choose a web address (sometimes referred to as a domain name or URL).
Here are some tips for getting started.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is a humanly memorable name for a website. Domains include an extension at
the end. The most common extension is “.com”, but there are many others, like “.net” and “.org”.

What are some tips for choosing a domain name?

• Choose a domain that is short, easy to remember and easy to spell.
• Use the ”.com” extension if it’s available.
• Avoid hyphens and numbers.
• Consider including an important keyword, such as your location, main product or industry.

How do I get a domain name?

• You can get a domain name for free for one year by visiting
• You can use another registrar to get a domain name. To see a list of accredited
companies, visit the resources section of

What do I need to know about domain names?

• You can’t own a domain name. Registration provides exclusive use for a period of time.
• Don’t let your domain name registration expire! Someone else could register it
and use it for their website.
• When you register a domain name, consider adding the “privacy” option. Otherwise, your
registration information (name, address, email address and phone number) is publicly
accessible online.

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