When starting out a new website, most people don’t realize that nearly every hosting provider offers a free domain registration when you purchase a new hosting package (Hostpapa offers this as part of their hostpapa.com hosting discount code). So, if you’re among those who purchased a domain name with GoDaddy, not realizing that BlueHost was going to give you a free domain registration anyway, then you have a free domain name to play with!
Instead of merely registering the ‘.NET’ or ‘.ORG’ versions of your domain name, why not get a little creative with it? These are some possibilities for you to play around with when you get a free domain registration.
Get Creative with Alternative Domain Names
Whether you are founding a new business or updating an existing one for the digital age, a memorable domain name is one of the best ways to brand your online presence. Since the dot-com bubble of the late ’90s, companies have typically turned to the tried-and-true .com domain extension as their preferred choice. But with more top-level domains (TLDs) available than ever before, now is the perfect time to look beyond .com and take advantage of new and creative listings for your company or brand. Here are five creative ways to get in on this new trend.
Get the scoop with .today.
For businesses and news organizations that trade in up-to-date information, a .today website is a surefire way to attract users looking for the latest scoop. An ideal name convention for local newspapers or news aggregators, .today domains indicate an urgency and immediacy that is hard to find elsewhere.
Creative .today ideas include: radioname.today, tvstation.today, cityname.today, and more.
Be yourself with .me
Are you looking to build a portfolio site or personal blog? Look no further than a .me domain, a memorable and recognizable listing that quickly communicates the non-commercial nature of your page. On the flip side, businesses can take advantage of a .me page to create platforms for intimate customer engagement away from the hustle and bustle of larger social media watering holes.
Creative .me ideas include: a photographer’s portfolio website (JohnDoe.me), a fitness trainer for hire (fitnesscoachfor.me), and a financial advisory page (investingfor.me).
Dive into video with .tv
Give your next vlog and other web-based video content project a high-definition makeover with a .tv landing page. If your preferred .tv domain happens to be taken, never fear! Look at lesser-known alternatives like .media and .video for bargain availability.
Creative .tv ideas include: a streaming video portal for a local TV channel (stationID.tv), and a landing page for a specific TV show (showname.tv).
Go mobile with .mobi
More users are browsing the web from phones and tablets than ever before. Keep your website mobile-friendly with a .mobi domain name. E-commerce sites can see big gains by updating their web presence to be optimized for mobile. There is no better way to let your customers know their mobile devices are welcome than with a .mobi domain.
Creative .mobi domain ideas include: a mobile app information page (yourapp.mobi), a game website (mobilegame.mobi), and a mobile version of an existing business page (business.mobi).
Say “I do!” to .wedding
Before you pick the perfect dress, make sure you cover all your bases with a bespoke website for your wedding. Whether you need a place to host your gift wish list or a public one-stop-shop for all your post-wedding pictures and video, a .wedding domain is a great way to bring some modern flair to that special day.
With so many top-level domains available, the only thing standing between you and a unique web address is your decision to pick one.