website naming

United States
October 14, 2009 8:09am CST
Hi everyone, Just wanted peoples thoughts on selecting a domain name. When I went to a registrar to check the availability of the name I wanted the .com version was taken by a company in California, USA that does exactly what I wanted to do. But that is OK because the service is regional and I am in Kentucky, USA. Several scenarios? The .net .us and others are available but might that cause confusion if a potential customer or existing customer puts the .com address in and goes to the California site. Use a hyphen - in the name? Such as instead of or call it What are your thoughts? thanks
2 responses
@1anurag1 (3580)
• India
14 Oct 09
I think if the domain is taked by some other company then you dont have any option. you will have to go for the alternate. if you want the same name then you have to change the domain(either .net, org or any other). but if you want a specific ext like .com. then you will have to change the name , as you can take some short name or can add any string. you are correct about the customer as they can get confused. but i think you can use or take the service of SEO so that most of the good search engine can show the correct website to your potential customer. as most of the users use search engines to look for a website. goodluck
• United States
17 Oct 09
Thanks. I understand taking the .net or .info of the same name but that raises a problem with someone else having the .com. If a customer of mine forgets the domain extension, then they most likely will enter the .com and end up in a site that can not help them. Yup its a small world. I am not sure how SEO will help sort the difference between and, if both offer the same service? If I am missing something please post again. Thanks
• India
1 Feb 10
Just browse on here .. And you will get an idea.