by DMarie Holtz
Copyright © Oct 4, 2007
Global Domains International has
grown by appealing to the masses with instant, inexpensive complete web site packages. Their claim to fame is the multitude of .ws domain
names still available. But, is an instant, inexpensive complete web site package with a perfect domain name really what you need?
What's In a Domain Name and How Important Are They To You?
A domain name is an web site address and can be used only once. They are usually made up of words or letters so they are easier
to remember and can be more relevant to a person or business. Extensions are the codes at the end of a domain name. The extensions signify which
country the domain name belongs to, i.e.., .ws belongs to Samoa and .us belongs to the United States.
Getting just the right domain name may be important to you if you need recognition for a product, service, event or your own name. In this case,
you may want a web site name with a .ws extension, because you may more likely find just the name you're looking for. Dot com and dot net still
have some names available, but many of them have been used up after the dot com boom of the late 1990's.
Domain names can also be more important to you if you want a domain name that relates to something you know is being searched for on the Internet
and if you want to be found when people are searching for that name or keyword. Some of the larger search engines like MSN and Google still give
a higher ranking faster to a web site that has the keyword being searched for - in the web site or domain name address. If a this is important to
you, it might be a good idea to find out what is being searched for on the Internet that relates to the domain name you have in mind before you
A free handy Internet tool that can help you do this can be found at https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal . Just put a
word or phrase related to the domain name you have in mind into the search box window. It will search all the related terms that were searched
for last month on the Internet, and tell you how many times they were searched for. This tool can also identify related keywords you can use for
your web site title and on your web site pages that will help you achieve higher rankings in the Internet search engines for those keywords, but
this is a whole other topic reserved for a later discussion.
Think About How You Want To Use Your Web Site...
What would you do with a web site? Teach? Show and tell? Make money? Build an email list? Have fun? There are so many options on the Internet
today, that it could be mind boggling to a newbie. Doing a little research on the Internet before setting a web site up is a very good idea. It
will help you become familiar with all the different web site options and features available so you can make a better choice before you get
Some of the things you'll need to consider before setting up a web site are:
What do you want the web site to accomplish? Teach? Show and tell? Make money? Build an email list? Have fun?
How many pages will you need - 3, 5, 10 or more pages? Some web sites limit the number of pages or bandwidth available.
Price per month? This can vary from usually $3.95 to $100 or more, depending on available features.
Disk space? How much space is available for your web site words, pictures, reviews, etc.
Bandwidth? How many times and how many people can access your site during a period.
Down time? How reliable is the server that your web site is on?
Security? Protection from hackers? Secure service available for your customers?
Does Size Really Matter?
As you can see, there are many things to consider before setting up a web site, but making the right choices up front can save you loads of time,
effort and headache in the long run. If you set up a web site on a server that only allows 5 pages of space, and you find you need more down the
road, you would need to move your web site and domain name to a new server, which could be quite involved. It may be easier for you to make a
better choice up front if you have all the options available to you ahead of time. A suggestion would be to type into your search box window top
10 hosting or best hosting to get more information to help you make the right choice before setting up a web site.
Bottom line, investigate your options and be prepared. Size really does matter.