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Have you thought of a business name that you like? Are you ready to start using it on your business cards and website for everyone else to see? Are you ready to answer the phone by saying “Hello …. Cupcakes”? (Don’t worry if you haven’t yet).

Whether you think of your cupcake business name straight away or if it takes you a while to decide on one that you really like, you should secure your website domain dame asap. Someone else might take it before you!

The availability of domain names should be taken into consideration when you’re thinking of a business name because if the domain name has been taken then you will have to start thinking of a name all over again!

Domain Extensions – .co.uk or .com?

First you need to decide if you would like your website address to end in .co.uk or .com. If you’re running a business in the UK and will only be selling to customers in the UK, it will make more sense to buy a domain name ending in .co.uk.

New Website Domain Name Ideas

Here are some top tips for choosing your new business domain name:

  • As your cupcake business will be ran from home, the main point of call will be your website. You’ll want your domain name to be as close to your chosen business name as possible, if that isn’t available try adding “cupcakes” to the end of the name so that it’s still relevant to your business
  • Try to avoid using hyphens ( – ) in your domain name. This can make it difficult for your customers when they are typing your web address into their web browser eg. home-cupcake-business.co.uk, especially if they are trying to type it from memory
  • Check to see if anyone else is using a domain name that is almost identical to yours. You want your domain name to be unique so that customers won’t get confused when using a search engine to find your site
  • Make sure that your domain name doesn’t accidentally spell out any unsavoury words once all of the words are pushed together without spaces
  • It may sound silly, but make sure you’ve spell checked and typed in the correct name that you would like to purchase. You don’t want to have to pay more than once!

When you’re ready to buy your new website domain name, head over to 1&1 or any other well known domain broker and secure it straight way!

Most domain / hosting packages will include the function to be able to set up email addresses ending in your chosen domain name too which are perfect for using with your new business.

Consider using friendly email addresses such as:

  • hello@ – a friendly way to greet your customers
  • info@ – an informative but still friendly way of greeting customers
  • jenny@ – a very personal and friendly way of letting customers contact you

What email address do you have? Do you have multiple email addresses for different parts of your business or different people working with you?

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