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How do I choose the right domain name?
Choose a name that is simple, memorable, and easy to type. Visitors to your website should not need to second-guess how to spell your domain name. It is also worth thinking about using it as an email address. Some special characters may be refused by email protocols. A logical, easily readable name will reassure visitors that your website is trustworthy.
Choose a strategic name. Web users should be able to understand your main business easily through your website’s name. We strongly recommend browsing the full range of extensions available in the catalogue, in order to find the very best domain name for your project.. If your website has an e-commerce aspect, you should take into account its commercial function so that your visitors are not confused. Before registering a domain name, think carefully about the online image strategy you will adopt.
Choose a domain name that optimises your SEO. To get the best SEO ranking, describe your business by combining keywords and strategic extensions. Your domain name should be closely related to the content you intend to publish on it. It should also reflect your website’s purpose, so that web users consider it relevant. It is also important to take local SEO into account. If, for example, your business is mainly located in the UK, choose the .uk extension.
Read our full guide to choosing your domain name.
What do I do if the domain name I want is unavailable?
Select a similar name, or an alternative extension. Browse the full list of extensions. You will find the perfect one for your business. Try out several domain names, and choose the extension that best fits your business.
Contact the owner. Get more information on a domain name with the WHOIS service.
Buy the domain on the secondary market. In some cases, the domain you are looking for is already listed by its owner, and available on the secondary market. In this case, the search results include a label indicating that it is available to buy. OVHcloud can then act as a trusted third party responsible for carrying out the transaction and transfer operations.
A solution for all your projects
- Protect your digital identity. Even if you do not have a webpage, you can redirect your domain name to your personal page on the social network of your choice.
- Get a personal email address with your own domain name. This approach is perfect for communicating with recruiters, for example.
- Link an available domain name to your blog, and share your passions and experiences online.
- When you create your website, our extensive catalogue of extensions will make it easy for you to build and protect your brand online.
- Communicate more effectively and professionally with custom email addresses linked to your domain name.
- Get optimal protection with our included options, such as secure DNS (DNSSEC) and fraudulent transfer prevention.
- Get automatic renewal for your domain name. This feature is included as soon as your domain name is activated, and is automatically renewed on expiry. By ensuring that you renew your domain name on time, you will maintain ownership of your brand, and keep your business up-and-running.
- You can choose from a wide range of extensions to meet the needs of all your web projects.
- Get premium domain names with high added value, as well as the secondary market through our international partners. You will have access to a very extensive catalogue, with more than 20 million domain names available on the secondary market.
- Get more flexibility by configuring your domain names, and customising your DNS zones.
- Get a range of tools to simplify your business, and boost productivity with our APIs.
- To access an even wider range of services, join the OVHcloud Partner Program.
Your imagination is the limit
With more than 800 extensions to choose from, you have total freedom to define your digital identity. Not got any ideas yet? Explore our new extensions by theme.
How do I reserve a domain name?
To reserve a domain name, you will need to request one from the organisation that manages it. In the UK, for example, .uk domain names are issued by Nominet UK. As an AFNIC-accredited registrar, OVHcloud facilitates all of the steps and operations required to register your domain.
What is a domain name?
A domain name is your company’s online identity. It is the name attached to your IP address that redirects visitors to your site, as is the case with our ovhcloud.com domain name. A domain name consists of three elements. As an example, the website www.myshop.com is made up of a top-level domain (TLD) and a second-level domain (SLD). The top-level domain, also known as an extension, is listed in the final position following the domain name. Of course, everyone is familiar with popular extensions like .uk and .com. However, not all TLDs have the same features: there are generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and others associated with a specific country, which are known as national domain names. National domain names are the TLDs that are used in the majority of cases.
The second-level domain corresponds to your company name or brand. It appears just before the extension, separated by the “.” character. In the example mentioned above, it is the “myshop” part. This section is customisable, so you can link it as closely as possible to your business. At the beginning of the string, in the domain name, is the subdomain — represented by “www”. This is a flexible part, which you can optimise to refer to different sections of your website. For example, you can create a subdomain named contact.myshop.com or recruitment.myshop.com.
What is a domain name registry?
Domain name registries are organisations that manage a number of domains. In the UK, the registry managing the .uk TLD is Nominet UK. Similarly, the organisation managing .com generic domains is VeriSign. When you register a domain with OVHcloud, its name is linked to the data stored in one of the databases belonging to the registry concerned.
Registries are responsible for overseeing the distribution of domain names. If you would like to transfer yours from one hosting provider to another, the registry will facilitate the transfer, without forcing you to choose a different name. Each registry operates according to its own rules. Some are non-profit companies, like Nominet UK, while others are for-profit, like VeriSign. In all cases, registries hold the administrative data associated with the domains they manage. To do this, they create a zone file that contains the addresses of the server names. Above this organisation is ICANN, or “Internet Corporation for Assigned Domain Names and Numbers,” which is the California-based regulatory authority governing domain name registries.
What is a domain name registrar?
OVHcloud is an example of a registrar. As an accredited service provider, OVHcloud can create your web addresses or domain names with the extensions .uk, .re, .yt, .pm, .wf or .tf. We act as an intermediary between you and the registry when registering domain names. Our role is to carry out all the necessary procedures with the services that concern domain names: creation, renewal, transfer, change of owner and deletion. In addition to managing your domain names, OVHcloud can offer other services, including a custom email address service, web hosting for your website or blog, and more. All of these essential services can be linked to your domain name.
How do I find a domain name holder?
To find out who owns a domain name, you will need to use the WHOIS service, which you can access by entering ‘WHOIS’ in your search engine. Once you are on the website, enter the domain name you are interested in. You will then find all of the information you need on its owner.
How do I get a domain name?
You can use our domain name search menu in the search tool. Once you have identified a domain name and extension to fit your brand, you can place an order from your customer account, and get your domain name.
How much does a domain name cost?
The price of a domain name depends on its rarity, accessibility and reputation. For more information, please see our price comparison of the different extensions that influence the price of your domain name.
How do I pick the perfect domain name?
Before you choose your domain name, you need to consider the requirements of your business. If your primary focus is in the UK, a .uk domain name will be more appropriate. If you have an online store, a .shop domain may be a good choice. Remember that the full name should be easily readable and understandable to your visitors, so that it is perceived as consistent and secure.
How do I link a domain to my website?
To do this, you will need to place an order for a web hosting plan, and attach your domain name to it. You can do this easily via the OVHcloud Control Panel.
How do I delete a domain name?
You can ask the registry to delete your domain name through your registrar. Once you have done this, your domain name no longer belongs to you, and becomes available to anyone who requests it.
What is a premium domain name?
A premium domain name is a short, optimised and rather generic name, which makes it easily memorable and gives it a very interesting dimension in terms of search engine ranking. As a result, premium domain names come at a higher price, so that they are set apart from less generic names. The advantage of a premium domain name lies in its high marketing value. Premium domain names are what generic keywords are to search engines: a powerful asset that, due to their generality or their association, enables you to increase the visibility of your site to internet users.
Why choose OVHcloud to get a domain name?
By choosing us to create your domain name, you can pick from more than 800 available domain name extensions. This way, you can choose one that best suits your budget and business. We protect your domain name against fraudulent transfers. We offer an initial 10MB of free web hosting with your domain name to help get your projects off the ground. You can choose from a wide range of standard and premium domain names, to cover all of your needs and activities.