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I need your input. I need a name for an online website i'm developing. IT's an e-commerce storefront, for a particular untapped "niche" in Canada. I too, am located in Canada.
I'm wondering whether i should go for a ".ca" name, o a ".com" name. The benefits of the ".ca" name is that there are many more domain name's avaialble...and much better ones! However, i'm worried if i choose .ca, people will type the .com version and not find my site?
For any of these other types of TLD's, you run a greater risk of directing people to your competitors site because frequently enter the .com by habit.
On selecting a domain name here are a few things to try to shoot for:
1. Keep it as short as possible
2. .com if at all possible
3. don't-put-dashes-in-your-domain-name.com Too hard to type, and makes it harder to remember
4. Make it memorable or catchy - to help it stick in their mind
5. Consider whether you should register the alternate domains too - .net, .org, .ca Some TLDs cost more, but frequently not too expensive to cover yourself both ways.
Hope that helps. Good luck.
p.s. - pm me if you want help brainstorming for domain names.
It's disappointing, but the country code TLD is widely neglected in Canada (and elsewhere). People expect .com. But I always get both, advertise .ca, and redirect them when they use the .com version.
You should definitely be very careful about (avoid if at all possible) going with a .ca when a different site uses .com.
All the best,