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#1 Guth

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:08

I have been thinking about starting a small web design business for years, but have never got around to it. I do alot of freelance work, and often work on sites like freelancer. I sometimes make decent money and its always steady income which is great for me at the moment with no full time job.

However, I want to set up my own website to serve as a portfolio firstly then perhaps later to start a small web design business from home.
Problem is that people buy up every single decent domain name they can think of and sell them for a fortune. However, they seem to only but .com's and every good business name I think of is always taken with .com

Although, there are a few good ones I like that are available as .co.uk, so my question is; is it ok for a UK business to have a .co.uk domain only? I would obviously check that the .com version didnt lead to a competitor. The other thing is, does this put you out of the question for international work?

Ideally I would like the .co.uk and .com but the good .com domains are up to £50k some of them. Im looking to pay about £20 for my domain lol


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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:11

As long as the domain name is short and simple, it doesn't matter what suffix it has on the end of it... well apart from .xxx ;-)

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:15

As long as the domain name is short and simple, it doesn't matter what suffix it has on the end of it... well apart from .xxx ;-)


conan.xxx

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:23

As long as the domain name is short and simple, it doesn't matter what suffix it has on the end of it... well apart from .xxx ;-)


Unless he actually does freelance erotica images/movies/website work :)

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:27

As long as the domain name is short and simple, it doesn't matter what suffix it has on the end of it... well apart from .xxx ;-)

NICs of certain countries (.ca and .ee come to mind, there's many more) do have restrictions - like, for residents only, for registered companies only and/or various third-level rules.

.co.uk doesn't have any restrictions, though.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:31

Well, I always had in mind that I would find one I liked and just buy the .co.uk but when I started reading articles on domain names they all say to get the .com because if you tell someone your business name but not your domain, chances are they are gonna type in www.yourbusiness.com and the majority will try the .com. That could send them to a competitor.

However, every single good name I think of is taken as .com so Im leaning toward just going for a .co.uk and perhaps if I make it big I could buy the .com :laugh:

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:36

As long as the domain name is short and simple, it doesn't matter what suffix it has on the end of it... well apart from .xxx ;-)

I disagree, the xxx suffix will get him LOADS more traffic!

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:36

NICs of certain countries (.ca and .ee come to mind, there's many more) do have restrictions - like, for residents only, for registered companies only and/or various third-level rules.

.co.uk doesn't have any restrictions, though.


The UK's SLD do have restrictions.

You can register a UK domain as a personal site and opt out of providing your registered details in the whois information for the domain. However, if you're a charity, business or sole trader you're required to provide a UK registered VAT or business number and the whois information must contain the registered business address.

Also, UK businesses who trade online must provide full address for contacting on their website.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:48

The UK's SLD do have restrictions.

You can register a UK domain as a personal site and opt out of providing your registered details in the whois information for the domain. However, if you're a charity, business or sole trader you're required to provide a UK registered VAT or business number and the whois information must contain the registered business address.

Also, UK businesses who trade online must provide full address for contacting on their website.


Hmm, Nominet says there isn't. But then again I haven't actually tried to register any nor am I from England, local laws are unknown to me, so your word carries more weight, I guess.

#10 BGM

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:55

for web stuff, just go with .net :)

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 19:57

Well, I always had in mind that I would find one I liked and just buy the .co.uk but when I started reading articles on domain names they all say to get the .com because if you tell someone your business name but not your domain, chances are they are gonna type in www.yourbusiness.com and the majority will try the .com. That could send them to a competitor.

However, every single good name I think of is taken as .com so Im leaning toward just going for a .co.uk and perhaps if I make it big I could buy the .com :laugh:


Wouldn't worry about it. Most of your visitors will come direct from Google (other search engines available!). If you're predominantly going to be doing business in the UK then go with a .co.uk, if you intend to take it global, get a .com.

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 20:05

The UK's SLD do have restrictions.

You can register a UK domain as a personal site and opt out of providing your registered details in the whois information for the domain. However, if you're a charity, business or sole trader you're required to provide a UK registered VAT or business number and the whois information must contain the registered business address.

Also, UK businesses who trade online must provide full address for contacting on their website.


That all depends on if a portfolio site counts as being a site for a business. You also cannot be required to provide a VAT number because there is no requirement for tiny businesses to register for VAT so not all businesses/sole traders will be registered for VAT

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Posted 01 November 2012 - 20:10

Wouldn't worry about it. Most of your visitors will come direct from Google (other search engines available!). If you're predominantly going to be doing business in the UK then go with a .co.uk, if you intend to take it global, get a .com.

This is good advice. I guess it doesn't matter how good your website/business name is, if you have a crap portfolio and no referrals then you wont get any work. Also I guess that [something]web or something[studio] are just too overdone and cliche.
I saw a design company called Bright Cherry and I really liked that. Think I will go with something along those lines, rather than trying to make it specifically related to design/web.

Going along those lines also makes it more likely I will get the domain I want

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 00:52

Hmm, Nominet says there isn't. But then again I haven't actually tried to register any nor am I from England, local laws are unknown to me, so your word carries more weight, I guess.


Quite true. It looks like they no longer make it a requirement to have a registered company. I just logged into nic.uk and checked by trying to one of my domains.
While its still true that business can't opt-out, it is optional for them to provide a registered name. They also have a non-UK residential opt-out registration now too.

Thanks for bringing this to my attention... It makes a few things quite interesting now.

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Posted 02 November 2012 - 02:17

.co.uk doesn't sound appropriate for a freelance web designer.

Just get a .net, or something.