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Got a question. I'm developing a little web application for a client, so obviously I want it hosted somewhere. Technology-wise, I'm ok. But I'm having trouble thinking up what domain name to use for it.
Basically, the only person to use this app is my client. I don't want it visible in any search engines, etc, so I don't need a really catchy, SEO-friendly name [although, don't worry, it is protected if it is found!]. They don't have a huge web presence that I can piggy-back off, so I've got to come up with my own branding, etc.
Has anyone got any experience with this? Any lessons learnt?
Make sure you've got robots.txt set up to stop spidering from day 1, and password-protect everything that you can. You may also consider filtering/blocking requests by Remote_Address and/or Remote_Host if the clients' connections will all come from their servers (rather than from their individual employees' browsers).
So I'd say this is more a server access-control issue than a domain-selection problem.
Other than that, I was once in a similar position. We went with something like greatest-tool-ever.tld, more for a staging environment. Client loved it and called me months later to tell me he still smiles every time he logs on.
Check - seemingly completely immune to indexation.
"if it is found"
Check - proven track record, years of complete obscurity.
"I don't need a really catchy"
Check - Definitely not, however seemed so at the time registration.
Just qualified approx 25% of my carefully assembled domain portfolio.