Finding the right
Domain Name for your Business
If you are starting a business one of the
first things you need to do is give it a name. In the modern
technology age, finding a website domain name that is available
usually determines the name of your business.
Unfortunately, finding available domain
names today can be like searching for a needle in a haystack.
Most of the names are taken, so you have to get creative and come
up with variations of the name you really want.
But there is much more to consider than
Obviously, you should have a name that is
easy to remember, short as possible and easy to spell even for
people who can't spell.
Great names are still available if you can
think of them and find them.
Of course you can always buy another domain
name later, but that hurts you in the searches and confuses
everyone, so it is best to have the right name in the beginning.
Even more than availability you also need
to consider if the name is legal to use.
Just because a name is available does not
mean you can use it.
You have to consider trademark issues. For
example, walmart.com is being used, but walmartstore.com and
walmart.info are not being used. While you can register the names,
you will never be able to use them because it violates the
What if Joe's Plumbing has a trademark and
you want to use JoesPlumbingofFlorida.com? Well, sorry, but using
that name would violate Joe's trademark and end up costing you
money when Joe finds out.
So is all of this confusing and
How can you find out if a name can be used,
how can you be sure that using a name will not get you sued out
Well, for one, if the "thenameofyourbusiness.com"
is taken and being used, don't just go out and buy "thenameofyourbusiness.net
". That is just asking for trouble in almost all cases.
You can never be 100% sure, but you will
need to do research to determine if the name you selected is
being used, has any legal protections, registered trademarks or
trademark rights though prior use.
You may even want to file for your own
trademark so you know for sure you can use the name and you have
legal protection against anyone else that might your name for a
similar business in the future.
Don't worry, if you need help, we are more
than happy to assist in any capacity you desire.
Whether you just need a 20 minute phone
session to think up some possible names or full name research and
help filing your own trademark, we can help or just do it for you.
Let us help you find a name and even help
you get that legal protection if you want it.
We have registered thousands of names and
know the process very well, understand possible issues and can
advise you on the best path or, of course, just do it all for you.
We will work with you in the
capacity you need. We don't charge any extra
for phone time to answer your questions or do some basic lookups
and trademark searches.
We want you as a website hosting customer
and we want to help you get started with the right domain name
without creating any possible future legal issues in the process.
However, if you are looking for extensive
research and reports on trademark use, then we would refer that
out to a trademark attorney or legal service and they would
charge you based on what you decide you need.
In whatever capacity you need us, we are
happy to help and have the experience to deal with issues that
most people would never even consider when choosing a simple