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Choosing the Right Domain Name:
a Marketing Perspective

all you need to know about domain names (and some you don't need to know, but is interesting anyway)


This kind of website can be divided into two; the commercial and the non-commercial. Although I would always argue that the right domain name is the best domain name, it has to be said that if the website is a simply place for like-minded folk to meet and discuss their mutual interest or hobby - and not to make money - then the domain name does not carry the same significance as for a commercial site. In such instances, I would follow my 'company' advice (chapter 3.04 & 3.05) and suggest registering the name of the community as the domain name. Even if your community has a generic term included in it (quite likely, actually) combining the place in which it exists or its 'legal' designation (association, society etc) should address that issue. If other similar groups do exist or your community is 'virtual' rather than geographic, try .net or .org suffixes - both suggest a lack of commercial concern and so might better attract the target audience. For example, the 'Springfield Model Boat Society' could use, or the 'Model Boat Society'

The commercial community site is one that has been developed by an organization as part of its marketing communications strategy, but is not part of its corporate site - though the site might represent an online presence for a brand or product. The website of the Miracle-Gro Company I featured in the promotional domain names section (chapter 3.08) is an example of this concept. For the commercial community site, the domain name guide is a combination of that for the non-commercial and the promotional site - in other words register the domain name that describes what the website is about - Miracle-Gro's could just as easily have been, for example. For commercial sites I would stick to commercial suffixes (eg .com), though this might be another good application for a generic term on a .info suffix - for a model boat manufacturer, distributor or offline magazine, perhaps.

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