We have an awesome deal for you at the end of the article!Most domain names end up with extensions .com, .net and .org. Most especially, they end up with .com because it is the most popular extension of all. In fact, it’s encouraged for website owners to use .com if possible because .com is the well-known extension by site visitors. It’s easier to remember a .com website than of any other extension, primarily because most think of websites in terms of .com out of practicality. Yet, designers and design companies are starting to use .design as their domain extension instead of .com or any extensions (such as .net or .org) because of SEO, practicality and branding capability this extension gives to designers for all types. Recently, Airbnb used .design for their design website. Check airbnb.design. Should you use a .design? Most certainly, here’s why:
Most names in .com are unavailable
A .design extension can still be remembered
Use a memorable domain name
- Avoid misspelling or mixing words with numbers – Most people think of words in terms of words, so avoid misspelling or mixing numbers to your name. Here are two reasons: 1) again, they think about words, not numbers, and 2) it can confuse them if you type the number in number form or word form (ex. “2” vs. “two”). Should you use numbers, be sure to be strategic about it! An example of a successful domain name despite using numbers is addicted2success.com
- Be sure your name makes sense grammar-wise and spelling-wise – Simply put, don’t violate grammar and spelling just to make your name “memorable”. Okay, that’s possible as we will see later, but be wise about it. Don’t just jumble words, change spellings or ungrammatically order words to make it “unique”. Most likely, it’s so unique no one will remember it!
- Short and sweet words are preferred – This won’t likely apply to you if you’re a freelancer or a company. But if you’re a blogger, it’s best to choose a blog name that’s short and sweet.
- Jumble or create new name wisely– Famous companies’ name doesn’t make sense on their own, anyway. Think of Microsoft, YouTube, Facebook, and Airbnb. Yet they’re highly remembered because of their marketing and branding tactics. Just be wise about it, and as I said earlier, don’t just jumble or create new words just to look “unique”. It may cause your branding and marketing problems soon!
Beneficial for SEO
Using .design may shorten your domain name altogether
Good for branding purposes
Inclusive and exclusive at the same time
ConclusionMany design websites are simply turning to .design as their extension, and for good reason. If you’re a designer of any sort – a blogger, freelancer or company – you may want to use .design for your website. If you’re interested in using a .design extension, Porkbun offers a FREE .design extension just for designers like you! Simply sign up on their page here and you’re good to go!
And don’t forget perhaps the golden rule of all: pick a memorable name!
- WHOIS Privacy, keep your data private from prying eyes
- SSL Certificates, keep your website visitors safe while they visit your site
- Email Hosting, get a matching email address that goes with your .design domain name (for example firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
- Site Builder, build your portfolio site with our Weebly Site Builder