In today’s digital age, establishing an online presence is paramount for businesses, big or small. One of the first steps in this journey is choosing the right domain name – a decision that can significantly impact your brand’s visibility and success online. But with countless domain names already taken and myriad options to choose from, how do you select the perfect one for your business? Let’s delve into some top tips to guide you through this process.

Keep it Short and Sweet

While it might be tempting to opt for a domain name that details every aspect of your business, shorter names are generally more memorable. Aim for a name that’s concise, easy to type, and quick to recall. Remember, brevity is the soul of wit – and domain names!

Make it Relevant

Your domain name should resonate with your business’s essence. If you’re a bakery in Manchester, something like ‘’ might be apt. It’s straightforward, relevant, and tells your customers exactly what to expect.

Avoid Numbers and Hyphens

Numbers and hyphens can often be misunderstood. For instance, ‘5star’ might be typed out as ‘fivestar’ or vice versa. Hyphens can be forgotten or placed in the wrong spot. To avoid any confusion, stick to letters.

Think Local

If your business is primarily local, consider including your city or region in the domain name to make it easier for local customers to find and remember. For instance, ‘’ immediately signals a local touch.

Check Availability

Before you get too attached to a domain name, check its availability. Use our domain name search.

Consider Your Brand

Your domain name is an extension of your brand. It should align with your business’s ethos, values, and objectives. Think about how it sounds, how it might look on business cards, and how people will react to it.

Research Potential Trademark Issues

The last thing you want is to choose a domain name only to find out it’s trademarked or in use by another company. This could lead to legal issues down the line. A quick search on the UK’s Intellectual Property Office website can save you potential headaches in the future.

Choose the Right Domain Extension

While ‘.com’ is universally recognised, for UK businesses, ‘’ can add a local touch and is often preferred. There are also many new domain extensions like ‘.london’, ‘.shop’, or ‘.blog’ that might be more relevant to your business.

Think Long-Term

Your domain name is a long-term commitment. It will be on your business cards, your email address, and all your marketing materials. Ensure it’s a name you’ll be happy with for years to come.

Act Fast

Domain names sell quickly. Once you’ve found a name that’s perfect, available, and ticks all the boxes, register it!

While selecting the right domain name requires careful thought and consideration, it’s an exciting step in your business’s online journey. It’s the digital equivalent of choosing a location for a physical shop. Make it count, make it memorable, and most importantly, make it yours.

Happy domain hunting, and here’s to your online success! Managing Director - Chris Barnard

Chris Barnard has spent over 15 years delivering exceptional digital marketing performance for leading businesses in the UK, Europe and North America as an independent business consultant.

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Chris Barnard is Managing Director of FeedbackFans