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#1 28-12-08 22:39:24

smithwold
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Web site Domain?

Hi all, thinking of creating my own web site.

Does anybody put any importance on wether it is a .com or .co.uk?
Having done a quick reccy tonight, the domain name I would prefer to use is only available as .eu.

Any thoughts or comments good or bad please.

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#2 28-12-08 22:51:35

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Re: Web site Domain?

I went for a .CO.UK

no special reason though  roll


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#3 29-12-08 00:59:48

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Re: Web site Domain?

It's debatable (all depends on other factors) but as far as I can tell, out of 2 exactly equal sites, the .co.uk will rank above the others. Also worth having uk hosting for it.

Doesn't mean you shouldn't go for the .eu or whatever else, but...

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#4 29-12-08 11:18:32

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Re: Web site Domain?

.co.uk will return better results for searches done for UK based sites.

.com will return better results for worldwide marketing.

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#5 29-12-08 18:47:27

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Re: Web site Domain?

co.uk always feels 'local' so makes me feel it would be more appropriate to me.

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#6 29-12-08 20:25:55

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Re: Web site Domain?

yup,,, mines is .cop.uk, and so will the new one

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#7 30-12-08 12:01:23

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Re: Web site Domain?

I intend building a web site this year, earlier in the month I went to a presentation for small business on this very thing. They adviced that you buy both domins .co.uk and .com

They say this protects you name from others using it and then trying to sell it to you at inflated price.


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#8 30-12-08 13:39:09

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Re: Web site Domain?

Hi
I too have bought both .co.uk and .com to prevent anyone else using them and people arriving at the wrong site when looking for me - then giving up.

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#9 30-12-08 14:27:51

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Re: Web site Domain?

Page 1 Google should be your target for optimising the site. .co.uk is almost essential for that to happen in the UK.


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#10 30-12-08 14:34:49

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Re: Web site Domain?

yup,,, mines is .cop.uk, and so will the new one

is it a Police or Liverpool fan website disky?   roll

never heard of .cop.uk  is it new? tongue tongue


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#11 30-12-08 15:29:46

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Re: Web site Domain?

your nicked wink

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#12 02-03-09 14:30:04

Doc
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Re: Web site Domain?

There's
.com
.co.uk
.org.uk
.me.uk
.uk.com
.uk.net
.eu
.net
.org
.info
.biz
.mobi

Which is why when i received a call about 2 years ago, from a guy telling me that someone was trying to buy my domain.com but he wanted to give me first offer (at double the price) I told him that my domain had given me all the success i could hope for and i would not be adverse to someone jumping in with the .com and maybe getting some extra business. Needless to say 2 years on and all of my domain extensions are still available, including the .com.

You only need 1 and in my opinion you should opt for the .co.uk so that if anyone does buy up the other extensions, then you are already favoured by the uk search engines.

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#13 10-10-09 10:30:45

KEP
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From: North Lincs
Registered: 07-06-09
Posts: 4

Re: Web site Domain?

If you are registering a domain for the first time here are some tips (from a web designer)....

register it local to you, for example if you are in the UK go the .co.uk option, as someone else mentioned if you want to secure the .com domain get that also and have them redirected to the single .co.uk domain.

if you are lucky enough to be based in ireland then you can register a unique .ie domain. For some reason these can only be done in ireland/

the reason for registering locally is that for most people they filter out in their search preferences to 'search uk only' if they do this and you have a .com domain then you are out of the running before they hit the search button.

another few points to remember when registering a domain and should be something that is done when you are first thinking of the name for you driving school as they are both as important as each other is making it simple...AVOID hyphens www.my-driving-school.co.uk or kevs-drivingschool.co.uk these along with 'free' domain names given my many IPS suhc as BT or Tiscali etc are often www.homepages.bt.com/yourname etc etc... tooooo long winded for anyone to remember.

make it simple and to be honest the website is a working tool for you so checking its availability should be paramount to the end result of your business name.

hope this helps someone... oh nearly forgot keep away from .BIZ and .INFO they just dont work


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#14 19-10-09 20:45:10

Lucky245
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From: N.Ireland
Registered: 09-05-07
Posts: 119

Re: Web site Domain?

As an IT specialist I can only agree 100% with everything KEP has already said.  If you were a consumable business then .com would be the way to go but as a service provider in the UK .co.uk is what you need. 



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#15 29-10-09 11:00:28

steve_d
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From: Newbury
Registered: 18-03-04
Posts: 34
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Re: Web site Domain?

For UK only searches Google considers any site with a .uk in the domain name or hosted on a server in the UK to be targetting UK users.

In addition by registering your site with Google webmaster tools you can specify a target area for your site in the Settings section. Then it doesn't matter what your domain suffix is or where in the world your site server is located.

I would go for a memorable domain name with both .co.uk and .com as users often type .co.uk or .com even if the actual domain is something else.


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