of your domain
Telegraph, United Kingdom
By Danny Bradbury
Damien Hirst is the latest celebrity to find that someone else
has a site bearing his name - It's a lesson for us all - if you want your own
web address, snap it up while you can. Danny Bradbury explains how.
More and more people are registering websites based on their own name. Anyone
can get one, for just a few pounds, and if you want to get the address you want,
it's better to get in sooner rather than later. As the artist Damien Hirst found
out recently, if you want a website that someone else has already registered,
getting your way can be a tricky business. More on that later (see sidebar).
First let's assume you're not a celebrity and feel like laying claim to your
very own piece of cyberspace. How does it all work?
Why would I want a domain name?
The most obvious answer is that you may want your own website. For businesses
or self-employed people, the benefits are obvious. But many families, residents'
associations, football teams and individuals are choosing the added kudos and
control of placing their family albums on their own site rather than tagging
along with the crowd and using, say, MySpace.
But even if you have no desire to build a website, you may well be persuaded
by the e-mail options this gives you. Consumer e-mail services such as Yahoo!,
Gmail or AOL may offer you a free e-mail address, but you have to share the
domain (aol.com or gmail.com) with hundreds of thousands of other customers. If
you register your own domain name, it gives you an exclusive home online.
Instead of using email@example.com as an e-mail address, for example, you might
want to follow the trend and have firstname.lastname@example.org. Many people
consider this more professional, and it also gives a sense of ownership - if
you're fed up with changing your address because you switch your service
provider or an account lapses, buying your own web address is a good option.
Where do I start?
Before you even go online to see which ...