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Choosing a Domain Name

The setup of Agnes Waypoints does not allow you to choose a full domain name. You will select your subdomain name off of the domain agnesscott.org. If you want to setup your own unique domain, you can do so by using a variety of domain hosting solutions found on the Internet. Choosing your domain name is the first step in getting started on Agnes Waypoints.

Here are a few considerations to keep in mind when coming up with your domain or subdomain name:

If you are registering a full domain name -
Your Domain Name Must Be Available: The name must be unique, which means in order for you to claim it, you need to be sure that it is currently available (and not being used by any one else or any company or organization). There are lots of tools to check on domain availability. If you'd like to spend some time thinking about your choice and checking availability before you actually sign-up, we recommend using whois.net.

You Must Choose a “Top Level Domain” or TLD: The TLD is the suffix (or ending part) of your domain name. Some common TLDs are: .com, .net, .org., .info. and .us. You must choose which one you want to use (and the availability of your domain may depend upon the TLD you choose). Historically, .com domains were meant for businesses and commercial entities. On the other hand, .org domains were usually used by non-profit organizations. The .net domain was mean to be used by internet service providers. All of that said, the “historic” uses of these TLDs means very little anymore. You may find that .com domains are easier for people to remember, or you may like the “non-commercial” message of using a .org. The bottom line is that your choice of a TLD is entirely personal.

Choose a Domain You Can Live With: You should choose a domain name that you feel you can live with for quite some time. You should pick something that you won't find embarrassing in the future. A good rule of thumb is to pick a domain that you would be comfortable putting on a future job application.

You May Wish to Include Your Name in Your Domain: There is no requirement that your domain reflect your specific identity in the form of your first and last name. However, choosing a domain name that includes your name may make it easier for you to achieve higher rankings in search engines when someone queries your real name.

Pick a Domain you Like: At the end of the day, your domain should reflect you. Pick a domain you like and are proud of. It can reflect your interests, sports you play, or your hobby. Or it could just be your name. The “right” domain for you is the one you're comfortable with.

Don't use a course title as your domain: You should avoid choosing a domain name that is affiliated with one particular course–you can always create a subdomain or a series of pages that are specific to a course. Your primary domain should be larger than just a single course site.

general_information/choosing_a_domain_name.txt · Last modified: 2015/09/01 18:09 by laneta