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Choosing a Domain Name

A domain name, like codecademy.com consists of two parts:

  • The second level domain which is to the left of the period (codecademy)
  • The top-level domain (TLD) which is to the right of the period (.com).

With Namecheap, you get to choose both!

A domain name should highlight what your website is about. If you’re selling robotic squirrels, for example, robosquirrels.com might be a fitting name for your site. But you’ll have to contend with whether or not your dream domain name has already been taken—all Domain Name Registrars have a search bar that determines a domain name’s availability. Namecheap provides their own search .

Since .com has been around for so long, many .com domain names are unavailable or unaffordable. For your own site, try using a newer second-level domain, such as .tech, .world, or .website.

What Makes a Good Domain Name?

A domain name should be short, memorable, and easy to spell. When you decide on your name, share it with some friends or colleagues. Will they be able to spell it correctly? If possible, stay away from using numbers, hyphens, or abbreviations in place of actual words within domain names as a user could easily misinterpret and misspell your domain (eg. doughnuts4u or ready2d8).

Also, consider if your spelling could be misconstrued or have unintended associations. For example, an aspiring web developer might create a website dedicated to words that begin with her favorite letter, “s”, and think sWords.com would be a fantastic domain name choice. Domain names, though, are not case-sensitive. As an unintended consequence, she may find out that her site is visited mostly by sword-collectors and history enthusiasts.

Since your goal is to deploy your personal portfolio, try to see if your own name is available as a yourfullname.me or yourfullname.tech format.

What Top Level Domain Should I Choose?

All top-level domains are equal in the eyes of a Google search so whether you go with .world, .me, .tech, or .rocks, it will have no overall impact on your site’s search engine performance.

The choice of TLD’s has recently expanded greatly with new options like .store, .space, and even .ninja! Namecheap has a comprehensive list of TLD’s.

On the next page, you’ll get to see all of the top-level domains that they are offering Codecademy learners for free!

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