Consider how your domain name will look in lowercase
Domain names are always registered in lowercase and can only contain letters, numbers, and dashes. They can’t contain characters like &%$£@!.
If your business name includes a symbol such as “&”, try swapping it with a hyphen “-” or “and”. For example Acme & Sons could become acmeandsons.co.uk, acme-and-sons.co.uk or simply acmesons.co.uk.
If you use the Free DomainsFoundry domain name checker you do not need to worry about what characters are allowed. Our domain checker automatically removes any disallowed characters as you search!
Register more than one domain
It’s strongly recommended to register multiple domain names of the similar name to protect your online brand. So if you have “example.co.uk”, and “example.com”, or “example.net” are free – register them now as if you don’t someone else might!
If you’re not sure if similar domains are available, enter your existing domain into our free domain name checker and it will search all available domain names.
You do not need individual web sites for each domain name. If you register your domain names through DomainsFoundry, you can use our free DNS hosting and free web forwarding service to point your domains through to the same web page.
Consider Keyword Domain Names
If you’re registering a new domain name to target a specific market you should consider a domain name that contains a keyword specific to your audience.
For example our domain, domainsfoundry.co.uk includes the keyword “domain”. Google’s Matt Cutts recently played down the importance of keyword domains in SEO so we’ll let you decide which approach is best.
Of course, the best of both worlds is to register domains for both your company brand and separate domains for your SEO needs. How important is it to have keywords in a domain name?
Avoid Bad Keyword Combinations
Occasionally when an innocent string of words are combined in a domain name they can take on whole different meaning!
For example, Speed of Art in domain form becomes speedofart.com. So check and double check your domain ideas to save yourself from embarrassment.
Avoid using Trademarked Brands in your domain name
In the past, people would register domain names and then offer the domain name to the person or company who owns a trademark at an inflated price. This practice is known as cybersquatting
Unless you feel like a legal fight, we recommend avoiding domain names that contain trademarked brand names.
Register a .UK domain name and get a second .UK domain name free with our buy one .UK, get one .UK free offer to celebrate 30 years of .UK domain names.
This year marks the 30th birthday of the .UK domain name. To celebrate this milestone, we’re running a special buy one .UK, get one .UK free offer where you can register any .UK domain name and get a second .UK domain name free.
A big thank you to everyone who took advantage of our recent .UK for £1 offer which closed on Friday 31st July 2015. The offer was to celebrate .uk’s first birthday and was a brilliant success.
Whilst this offer has now ended, the good news is you can still register a .UK domain from only £2.99 per year, or transfer your .UK in for free and renew at our awesome, low prices for UK domain registrations!
New changes mean .EU domain names will expire on the same day and month you registered your domain.
If you own a .eu domain name then the way your .eu domain renews is changing. Following changes made by EURid, the European registry for .eu domains, from today, 3rd August 2015, .eu domains will expire on the same day and month your domain was originally registered on.