1: What is a Domain Name?
2: How do I register a domain?
3: Quick Tips to Choosing a Domain Name
4: Do you offer 24 hour support?
5: How long will it take to get my site online?
6: How do I increase my search engine ranking?
7: How do I start the design process with joziWeb designs?
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is an easy to remember name that refers or points to an IP address where your web services (email, website etc.) reside. An IP address is a unique address written in dotted decimals (such as 18.104.22.168) that computers use to decide what website to display.
Imagine that an IP Address is a phone number and the domain name is “speed dial” listing in a cell phone. You do not need to know the person’s phone number to contact the person. All you need is the name of the person in your speed dial listing.
Domain names and IP addresses work the same way. You do not need to know the IP address of a particular website. You simply need to know the domain name. When you type in a domain name in a web browser, you are telling the browser to retrieve the website that is associated with a particular IP address.
Each website on the internet has a unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. This is a numerical address and gives no indication of the type of site it is linked to, therefore it’s not user-friendly when used to browse the internet. Domain names on the other hand are a lot easier to remember as they may consist of letters, numbers and/or hyphens. You can create a descriptive word, phrase or acronym which represents the content of your site.
Domain names are structured so that they point directly to a specific website.
Consider joziweb.co.za :
The first section, “joziweb”, points to the specific site
The second section, “co”, is the site’s registration i.e. commercial
The last section, “za”, refers to the country is which the domain is registered i.e. South Africa
Your domain name is the center of your Internet identity. So what type of things should you consider when choosing the name that will represent you on the Web?
Although some places allow you to register a name with up to 63 characters, you have to keep in mind that people need to be able to remember it, and easily type it into their browser. Try to register the shortest name that your customers and visitors will associate with your Website. The general rule of thumb is, keep it under seven characters if possible. (Not including the suffix.)
There are many extensions available now. For businesses, we recommend a .com suffix. It is the first extension that most people try when searching for a Website. Also, since it is one of the oldest extensions, .com shows that your business has been around for a while and that you have a well-established presence on the Web.
There are two really good reasons for this. First, it’s not very nice. We have all heard the stories about the zany guy who thought ahead and bought “some-huge-multi-million-dollar-company.com” and sold it to the company for enough money to retire on. But, remember that those companies, like yours, have spent lots of time and money creating their brand, and what goes around comes around. Also, companies are no longer opening their pocketbooks to get their names back. They are calling their lawyers.
Domain names are being snatched up faster than candy at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. You must register soon unless you want to get stuck with “the-domain-name-that-no-one-wanted.net”. You do not have to have a Webmaster or an e-commerce department or a Web design consultant or… Heck, you don’t even need a Web page. Just get out there and register before you lose the opportunity to get the name you really want.
Sometimes, it isn’t a bad idea to register several similar domain names. If you have “yourname.com”, register “yourname.net” so no one else takes it. You can register your full company name and a shorter, easier to remember version. Some people even register common misspellings of their company’s name. (You don’t need a separate Web page for each. Several domains can point to the same Website.)
Just a reminder. Domain names can only use letters, numbers, and dashes. Spaces and symbols are not allowed. Also, domain names are not case sensitive.
When you have settled on several available name choices, see what your friends and clients have to say. A name that may make perfect sense to you may be too hard for other people to remember. Is your domain easy to say? Is it hard to spell? Do you have to explain why you chose the name?
Because search engines use proprietary ranking algorithms, and Web directories rely on human editors, there is no guarantee that submitting your Web site or any other action will produce a high ranking with a particular search engine or directory.
However, there are several things you can do that may increase your search engine ranking.
Keep in mind that any updates made to your search engine ranking may take six to eight weeks to reflect.
The team at joziWeb Designs will do this for
Registering your domain is made easy – as per the package agreement with joziWeb Designs, we will do it for you.
We offer support in various ways during normal business hours. We offer,email support that will be answered for up to 12 hours on weekdays and 4 to 6 hours on weekends. We offer phone support on 083 6342 702 for sales mainly and some technical help.
We endeavour to get all sites finished and online in two weeks, but each site is unique and we take pride in our work and as a matter of pride, we edit all the pages that come to us to best showcase the individual business of that website. This editing is always included in our price. Poor content will surely compromise a website to the point that it may be non-functional.
A little more time spent on thinking about the website structure after we receive the Creative Brief will pay larger dividends.
The first step is to contact us and we will discuss your website requirements with you.
Once you have chosen a design package and paid the first months installment and upon proof
of payment, your web site will be completed in approximately 14 days.The site will be uploaded to a non-public domain where you can view the web site. Once the site is ready to launch and you are 100% happy we will launch the site onto your domain.