Getting A Domain Name

MuseTipYour domain name is what people type into a browser to find your web site. Our domain name is It’s a bit like getting a web phone book listing to connect your name with your site.

If your site is for a company, you will want a .com or .net domain. If you are a school you will need a .edu domain. If you are a non-profit or organization, a .org domain is what you are after.

Don’t worry about the length of your URL. Most people click on links to find your site. Try to focus on choosing your business or organization’s name, to make it easier for search engines to find you.

If your desired domain name is similar to others, add a descriptive word to it to stand out. For example, many business names start with “New England.” If you are looking for a domain name that starts “www.newengland…” you’ll want whatever follows to be descriptive of your mission.

If you are ready to get a domain name, you’ll need to purchase it through a domain registrar such as NetworkSolutions, GoDaddy, or any number of other companies.

Domain names are paid for in yearly increments. You can usually get a better price per year when reserving your name for multiple years.

Domain name registrars will try to sell you all sorts of add-on features. If your site is being hosted by MuseArts, all you need is the domain name. Skip the additional offers for email, promotion, and other distractions and just get the name. If you need help, we can walk you through the process.