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Domain names potential apostrophes
How big a 'no no' are domain names with apostrophes?

 3:23 pm on Mar 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

I would like to use a domain name with a potential apostrophe.

I realise that, if Urls are spelt with an apostrophe, they crash the browser...

However, many users find sites via search engines, or links as opposed to directly typing in the Url.

All opinions/ advice welcomed as to whether it makes that much difference. Many thanks.



 6:45 pm on Mar 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

Do you mean this character? --> '

You can't register a domain name containing an apostrophe. So, it's a moot point.


 8:55 pm on Mar 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

You can't register a domain name containing an apostrophe.

I think that's the OP's point.

Does it make sense to register the domain:


when it doesn't have an apostrophe in it?

What kind of an effect is this going to have on messed-up type-ins and lost visitors?

Or will it not really make a difference?


 9:40 pm on Mar 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

I don't think it makes a difference, or at least not one to worry about too much.

The spelling of one of my main domains should have an apostrophe in it. I didn't even think of it when I registered it. Most/many/some (pick one) users know that certain characters aren't allowed in domain names and are used to typing them that way as a matter of course. The ones who don't know really aren't quantifiable; if I can't count them, I can't worry about what I might be losing.

And if you look around I think you'll find many instances of the same type. Jim's this, Joe's that, etc. It's basically normal.


 1:41 am on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

I think the only ones to stay away from are words that would create double (or even tripple) S at the end of the word with the apostrophe.


 1:42 am on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Also you should expect to lose a percentage of your traffic to the non apostrophe version.

If you are going to pour decent money marketing this domains it might be wiser to just buy the non apostrophe version.


 8:46 am on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Considering you'll most likely use the apostrophe version of the name in the texts on your website, you shouldn't have a problem with search engines. Your domain name may not contain an apostrophe, but the text indexed by search engines does.


 8:31 pm on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

This is a real meatball question,you cant use apstrophes it is against the protocol!


 11:54 pm on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, Agzl, that's the whole point!

You can't use words with apostrophes in them in a domain name because it's against the protocol.

But some words...

... have an apostrophe in them!

So when you have a desired domain name which contains a word which contains an apostrophe, do you use it [minus the apostrophe] with all the orthographical error that entails, or do you avoid it in favour of another domain name?

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