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What name to choose for something I don't want found...

12:10 pm on Apr 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hey guys and gals,

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?



12:48 pm on Apr 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Use a good name that reflects your business and or/the service to be provided. There's no reason you cannot re-use this domain for additional clients (for example, by giving each client a subdomain). And the "goodness" of the domain name won't affect whether it will be "found" -- It *will* be found, and the domain name won't affect that.

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.


12:56 pm on Apr 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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If you have a website for your webdev-business, why not just add a subdomain?

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.

3:22 pm on Apr 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Host it using a static IP address, this way there is never a name/brand/website attached to it.

Otherwise host it under a sub-domain of your personal/company website.

1:19 am on Apr 17, 2009 (gmt 0)

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"I don't want it visible in any search engines, etc"

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.

5:00 pm on Apr 18, 2009 (gmt 0)

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If you don't want to associate a domain name with a business, or an idea, or to be brandable... Just pick a generic domain name that is also easy to remember.

skynet-xxyy.com (replace xxyy with random numbers or letters)

[edited by: TowerOfPower at 5:00 pm (utc) on April 18, 2009]

11:12 am on Apr 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I guess I'll come up with something inventive. I'll let you know how I get on!



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