Here’s One Small but Crucial Factor to Remember When Choosing a Domain Name

By Ali Luke

Let’s say you’re thinking through domain names for your new website, and you’ve shortlisted a few ideas.

If the one you want is available, it’s a no-brainer to go ahead and register it straight away.

Except…

… there’s one crucial check you need to make.

Is your domain name open to misinterpretation?

Let me share a few domain names with you:

www.penisland.com

oddsextractor.com

whorepresents.com

Did any (or all) of those sound a bit inappropriate for inclusion on DailyBlogTips?

Here’s the actual names of the sites in order:

Pen Island

Odds Extractor

Who Represents

Unfortunately, their domain names are far too easy to misread … as you may have noticed!

Does your domain name fall into this trap? (Even if it’s not a rude misreading.) If you think there’s room for misinterpretation, you might want to run it past a few friends or fellow bloggers – ask them to read the domain name then tell you the name of the site.

If you’re attached to the domain name you’ve chosen, you could consider adding a hyphen:

www.pen-island.com

www.odds-extractor.com

www.who-represents.com

We’d normally recommend avoiding hyphens (URLs are cleaner, simpler, and easier to remember and to spell over the phone without them) but in these cases, they’d probably be a good move.

Have you ever come across an all-too-easy to misread domain name? Share it with us in the comments.

 




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8 Responses to “Here’s One Small but Crucial Factor to Remember When Choosing a Domain Name”

  • Lakhyajyoti

    I at least buy one domain name per month. Surely I’ll keep in mind all the points you have shared in your post. Thanks for the share.

  • Cathy Sanders

    Quite a funny article. Thanks for the light reading! Never thought this was an issue. I would rather change the URL completely rather than add a hyphen.

  • Sumit Gupta

    The misinterpretation part while choosing a domain name was an excellent point you made.I will surely take it into consideration while choosing my next domain name.

  • Colby

    This is a great point that I’m sure many people forget about. I used to use a website called Experts Exchange to help find solutions to IT questions. I remember the original domain name was expertsexchange.com. I’m guessing they didn’t want to be known as “Expert Sex Change”. They later changed their domain name to experts-exchange.com one of the solutions you mentioned above.

  • Elena

    Haha.. Came across this article and I know someone needs to create an article about this. I got 1 on my mind, I read it somewhere: “therapist” and “the rapist”. “Who Represents” is funny. Sometimes we just too caught up with the perfect name and forgot to check other people’s point of view.

  • Rakesh Aryal

    Wow! This is a small but very important matter that one person in thousands may think. Often people choose their domain name related to their business and products but they don’t have time to consider small and small matter while registering the domain name. I also don’t think about this. Now I’ll keep it in my min.
    I am sure this article is very helpful for every web developer and other people
    Thank you.

  • Nicile

    Quite a funny article. Thanks for the light reading! Never thought this was an issue. I would rather change the URL completely rather than add a hyphen.

  • Eniola Olajide

    This is a great article in my opinion,its a real expose.
    I will definitely take note of this point when registering domain names.
    Thumbs up Daniel.

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