Web addresses (URL and domain) are used to identify websites. If you want to match the name of your website with your business name, you will need to find a registrar and purchase an URL with the domain of your choice.
1. Choose you name
When launching a new website, one of the first and most important decisions you have to do is to choose your domain. Generally, opt for your company name, an acronym, or a generic term that represents your industry along with a suffix like .QUEBEC, .COM, .NET. etc.
This choice is important because it will affect the success of your website in almost all sectors, including search engine optimization (SEO) and social media marketing (SMM).
Choose a name:
- easy to remember
- Easy to spell
N.B – Consider geographical domains! Generic names, which are no longer available for years with traditional suffixes like .COM, .NET, .ORG and .CA, are again available thanks to new geographical suffixes such as .QUEBEC.
2. Find a registrar or a reseller
After choosing your name, you must select a Registrar / Domain Reseller. Choose the one you need. Each one offers different prices and services. For your information, you can visit our registrars page to select one that fits your needs.
3. Check the availability of your domain
The name you have chosen may be no longer available! To verify, you will find on every registrar sites, a search bar to check if the domain you want to buy is available. In case of unavailability, some registrars will offer other options by changing your name, or the suffix. You will notice that there are now more names options for your domain. You can choose among several suffixes. Some reflect an industry, or other like .QUEBEC, a territory or market.
4. Purchase for 1 year, 2 years, 3 years?
Your name is available! You can buy it for a limited period of time. You choose one that suits you (maximum 10 years), but beware, the mysterious algorithms of search engines generally give more credibilities to websites whose domain names are reserved for several years. In addition, you need of course to ensure that you renew your domain before the expiration date (choose a valid email address and permanent to ensure you receive the renewal notice) otherwise you risk to lose your precious address.
The activation of your domain differs depending on the registrar you have chosen. Each one has a series of steps to be followed via your host. We recommend that you follow the directions directly provided by your registrar or reseller.
There you go! Your web address is on.
You can add it to your business cards and your advertising campaigns for more traffic to your website!