Choosing a Domain Name

Yellow_Pages_111003_003Finding the right domain name to identify your website can be beneficial  in so many ways. Here are some quick tips to follow:

  • Keep it simple: Short, easy to remember and spell, and fewer than 20 characters. Longer domain names are fine – they can be up to 67 characters! – if they are not hard to spell.
  • Avoid numbers and special characters.
  • Match your domain name to your website name. If that domain name has already been taken, look for something similar. Or if the name of your company is obscure and doesn’t say what it is your selling or what your website is really about then maybe try to incorporate that into the domain name.
  • The .com is usually more valuable, but depending on your needs, you may be able to use .net or .org
  • Check out domain name generators such as Lean Domain Search, or Domain Typer where you can see what domain names are still available. You don’t have to buy domains from these websites, but they are a great place to start generating ideas for domain names and then later purchase it from your registrar of choice.

Come to Studio 300 for more web-related resource suggestions and advice.

Girl Scouts craft website

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Recently Girls Scout Troop 51221 worked on their Silver Award by creating a website with help from Studio 300. Their challenege was to create a website that would allow other people to share their stories on how cancer has affected their lives. The Scouts used the free Weebly.com to make their site. Weebly allows you to quickly create your own web page using templates. Take a moment to visit the site they created.

Studio 300 offers a basic website building class. Check the calendar for upcoming dates.

 

Archaic Web Features

web buildingThe Web has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Check out the first website/page posted by Cern in 1991. A recent Yahoo! article talks about the  10 Archaic Website Features To Avoid Like The Plague. If your website has any of these old school design features, you might want to consider a redesign.

Studio 300 has resources (such as Dreamweaver) that can help you plan, design, and launch a Website.