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Anyone who wants to create a new site is usually facing a problem of choosing domain name. The problem is that so many names are already taken and you need to come up with some unique name. You can try to use the name of your company as a domain name, if it is not already occupied (how to find out whether the domain is occupied, please read below).
Process of choosing and purchasing domain name can be divided into 5 stages:
1. Selection of the domain name;
2. Choosing domain zone;
3. Checking uniqueness of domain name;
4. Checking history of domain name;
5. Purchasing domain name.
Let’s talk about every stage in more detailed way.
1. Selection of the domain name
This is the most difficult stage, you will most likely return to it for several times.
You can use numbers, letters A-Z and a sign "_" .
The ideal name should be small, easy to remember and relevant to the topic of your site. We are sure that you will figure out most appropriate domain name if you spend little more time on this stage. If you don’t want to spend much time on this stage, just choose the one you like from available and go to stage 2.
2. Choosing domain zone
There is a lot of domain zones, and each of them has its own history and purpose. You can choose one that you like more or just cheap one.
It is believed that search engines are more "in love" with the domains .ug - if we talk about ugandan market, and .com - international sites.
3. Checking uniqueness of domain name
The most «amusing» step is to check whether such domain name is already taken or not. In 90% of cases this stage leads back to stage 1
On picture 1 you can see how to check the domain name availability on our website.
4. Checking history of domain name
This is a very important topic worth of a separate article even. It is right choice to spend at least 5 minutes for discovering history of domain name because it’s bound directly with further promotion of your site. The reason is - it may happen that you just bought so called "dirty" domain with bad history (for example, was used for spamming) and therefore will never be on the top positions of search engines (e.g. Google) because of that.
5. Purchasing domain name
You can buy almost any desired domain (which isn’t taken) from our company for acceptable price. If you do not have money for that, we can provide you the domain for free which will be hosted on our servers also for free.
We can also recommend to buy a hosting plan alongside with domain from one company. It will allow you to prevent extra bothering in case when you need to migrate your domain to another server.
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