ANATOMY OF A DOMAIN
What’s in a Domain Name?
Your domain name is where it all starts – it’s the web address that’s the key to everything you offer online. We’re thrilled to be part of your new idea for a website.
A domain is made up from top-level domain (TLD) like .com, and second and third level domains, which can be chosen by the person who registers it.
Your web address can contain a combination of numbers, letters and hyphens, but not any other punctuation marks or special characters. They ignore upper and lower case (so you can capitalise the first letter of words in publicity material for easy reading).
Once you’ve provided your details and paid, we’ll register it with the operators (registrars) of that domain and you’ll be able to start using it immediately.
OVER 300 TO CHOOSE FROM
Ideas for your Website’s Address
You’re not limited to .com or .com.fj any more.
If you’re looking for a website address for a business, you might like to go for a top-level domain that matches your geography – called a country-code top-level domain (ccTLD) – like .scot, .wales or .it. Or even more local, like .london.
Or perhaps you’d prefer something more international and generic like .biz, .org, .net, or .info? If it’s a personal site, perhaps consider a domain like .me or .blog? If your site is going to be interactive, why not try something like the .io, .xyz or .icu domain?
Or perhaps go for something more descriptive with one of the many new generic TLDs (gTLD) and buy a domain like .dev, .online, .agency or .solutions?
ADVICE & GUIDANCE
How to Buy a Domain Name
Registering a domain name shouldn’t be done in haste. It may only take seconds to purchase a domain from bulahost.com today, but here are some things to consider:
Is it memorable?
The best way to make a website address memorable is to keep it short and unique. Of course, that is easier said than done!
Will you use hyphens?
Opinions differ on hyphens – some may find that they make your internet address more readable, whereas others avoid them.
Has someone else got a similar domain?
You don’t want your users getting confused, or to be a target of legal action. So we recommend checking this using a search engine.
Can you say it easily?
Word of mouth is still one of the best ways to get leads. So make sure that it can be said easily, or if it does need to be spelled-out, keep it short.
Does it cover what you do?
Consider having your product or service in your domain, but exact matches can be seen by some – including search engines – as potentially ‘shady’.
Will you need to buy variants?
People may try to copy your domain name, but with a different TLD. So consider whether it’s worth buying popular alternative TLDs for your chosen second-level domain.
DOMAIN REGISTRATION RULES
Domain Name Restrictions
Anyone over 18 can register a domain name, but some domains have rules that restrict their use.
Examples of these rules would be the .eu domain which is open to European Union residents and businesses with a presence in the EU, or some generic domains that are specific to an industry. We’ll let you know if there any barriers to you registering your chosen domain.
SIMPLE & TRANSPARENT PRICING
bulahost.com Domain Prices
If you’re shopping-around online, you’ll notice that the prices advertised on some sites are lower than ours. That’s because when it comes to renewal, you’ll usually be charged more!
Our business model is all about web hosting, not domain names, so we don’t do this. Our domain costs are simple and transparent.
We offer good value. You’ll find we offer FREE SERVICES such as DNS Management, Email Forwarding, Privacy Protection, ID Protection, Registry Lock with a domain purchased from bulahost.com, you may have to pay extra with another company.
Global Stats Data point: Dec 16, 2019