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Domain naming question.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by -GR-, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. -GR-

    -GR- Well-Known Member

    This is one thing I was never sure about and probably if I googled it I may come up with the answer but I would rather get feedback here.

    Are you better off with longer spelled out domains or shorter domains or does it really not matter?

    Say for example you have:
    or sstalk.com

    which would be better or are they both equal?
  2. -GR-

    -GR- Well-Known Member

    Oh and I apologize if those domains are really registered, I just picked something to use for my example.
  3. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Longspelledoutwords.com are always harder for the user, if they don't want to type in 30-40 characters then your traffic will suffer until your site is indexed and bookmarked so folks don't have to type it any longer, so a short domain is always better.

    If Google was named, "findanythingonthewebwithGoogle.com" then less folks would use it.
    Jethro likes this.
  4. -GR-

    -GR- Well-Known Member

    I agree shorter domain names are easier for users to remember as well as less mistyping. I wasn't sure if the longer "key word" domain would lead to better search results. I guess there has been a lot of debate about that and I don't want it to turn in to that.

    Do you feel a .com domain is better then a .net domain. I know I prefer a .com domain personally but with how big the web is now .com isn't so much the commonplace anymore. It does however make you wonder if you have a really cool .net domain how many people that may have visited your site typed in .com at the end instead.
  5. Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Well-Known Member

    While shorter is better, people will wonder what the ss stands for and MAY have a negative connotation to the letters. Be careful with what you use.
  6. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I tend to register as many TLD addresses as is available and park them so they redirect to one.
    And if someone may mistake one name for another, I would register both.
    I think short is good. I also think having the topic of your site in the domain is very important.

    My hobby site is 318ti.org. While most people here would not know what it is about, anyone with a BMW 318ti would.
    And anyone searching for '318ti' would find it on the first page of their search engine page.
  7. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    Shorter the better as long as it kind of indicates what your site is about or is something completely made up that intrigues people.
  8. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    While I, like Liz, do agree that short is better, I do feel that the domain needs to be the site name or some variation thereof, or at least something of the site topic in it.

    My personal rule of thumb is no more than 15 characters if at all avoidable.
  9. Jethro

    Jethro Well-Known Member

    So are you saying size does matter?
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  10. steven s

    steven s Well-Known Member

    I think it's more, oh never mind. It will be deleted.
  11. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Or something vile that folks remember well, I still remember F'kdCompany from the dot.com bomb era.


    Fill in the blanks or search it on Google....
  12. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

    In this example the long domain is infinitely better than the short one. For a lot of reasons (unless you're starting a discussion site for Nazis).

    I'm not sure where the prevailing wisdom in this thread is coming from, but in every study I've ever seen that relates to domains (yes, there are such things) I have never seen evidence that there is user resistance to long domains that make up a phrase or a name. In fact, people prefer them to short acronym domains, because they have to mentally translate the full product or company name to the acronym in order to type it (though that would not apply to a model number domain like 318ti.org).

    There is a limit to how long a domain can be and still be useful, so you can't use a really long phrase. But there are millions of two word domains out there for the picking if you are even mildly creative. Or use three words. That's still not too long, and you'll have yourself a descriptive domain, which is better than a short meaningless or acronym domain.

    Sure, a three or four letter word .com, .net or .org is a great thing. But don't let the quest for shortness saddle you with a bad domain.
  13. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    On the other hand Michael, would you rather use OSwar.com or OperatingSystemsWar.com ?

    I have a ton of domains like you describe above, but now days I am weeding a lot of them out due to the fact that they are way too long.
  14. Floris

    Floris Guest

    As a Dutch person I strongly suggest to reconsider using "ss talk"
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  15. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    bad boys! [​IMG]

  16. mjp

    mjp Well-Known Member

    Every acronym example is going to be different, isn't it. Would it make sense sometimes? Sure.
  17. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Not saying your point is not valid, it really is great advice, but like you also said, you don't want to be saddled with a bad domain, too long is too bad in most cases.
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Context is everthing, as with most things.

    My domain name is 3 words but it is extremely relevant to the subject matter so works better than a shortened/abbreviated name.
  19. AnthonyCea

    AnthonyCea Well-Known Member

    Really, if the owner is going to develop the site and is not looking for type in traffic like domain people do, any domain is fine as long as your users can remember it and type it in quick enough.
  20. xelA

    xelA Member

    In general, the shorter, the better. However, in the OP's case, I would pick supersitetalk.com over the other. Just makes more sense.

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