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What is a domain name?

If you need to buy a website domain name but aren’t quite sure of the best way to go about it, watch this 2 minute video to find out what they are and how to buy, renew and protect them for your business. A few simple things done now can help prevent a load of stress and inconvenience later down the line.

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Transcript

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Hello and welcome to Jargon Busted,
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the series where every week you’ll learn in just two minutes
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what a piece of website jargon actually means.
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This week’s topic is domain names.
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So, domain names.
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A domain name is the address of your website, for example: google.com
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Typically you choose a name that’s the name of your business or brand,
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or words your customers search for, like London taxis.
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Domains end with an extension that you can also choose,
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such as .co.uk for UK businesses, .com for international or American businesses,
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or .org for charities and not-for-profits.
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You can purchase a domain name easily from a domain registrar
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like 123Reg, Names or GoDaddy,
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and we always recommend buying your domain name yourself
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rather than asking someone else as you’re then the legal owner.
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It gives you more control and generally just makes things easier.
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Domains tend to cost around £10 – £20 a year.
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It’s not a one-off cost; it’s more like renting.
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You can get a domain from between 1 to 10 years,
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and after that you do need to renew it.
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If you don’t, someone else such as a competitor could snap it up,
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so it’s always best to set your domain name to auto-renew.
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Also, if you’re a UK business, buy the .co.uk extension
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but also buy the .com version if it’s available;
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it will help to protect your name and brand.
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That’s it. I’m Helen from Six Two.
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I hope this has been helpful.
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If so, subscribe to my YouTube series so you can catch next week’s episode.
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Bye for now.

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