Domain Names

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Published: 11 Mar 2022

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Domain Names

A series of articles titled “Everything about a website”, published on a monthly basis are designed to help you with everything related to a website. We hope these articles will guide you through all the steps that you need to plan, launch and maintain your website. We will get more technical in certain articles and share tricks you can use to enhance your website.

Let’s go! Part 2: Domain Names

Running a web design agency one of the most common questions that we get from our clients are related to domain names. “Which domain name gives a better SEO score?”, “Should my domain end in .com or should it end .my, .io, .edu etc?”, “Which website is the best for purchasing a domain name?”, etc. We compiled(no pun intended) all our expertise in the points below.

Does a domain name have any effect on SEO?

Your domain name(i.e,, etc) and domain extensions(.com, .my, .io, .expert, .space, etc) will have 0 positive or negative effect on your SEO performance. End of story, thank you… On a more serious note this has been said numerous times by Search Engine(google, bing, etc) representatives and has been verified by many businesses(including yours truly, our primary domain name is that your domain name will not help your business perform better. So select the domain name that you like and grow your business without any worries.

That being said, why does everyone strive to get a generic(.com) domain name?

Yes we do confirm again that your domain name does not improve your SEO, but yet when you tell someone that your business is called, say Ecompile. Majority of people, when looking for your website, the first try will be to type into the browser. The .com domain names have been and are the most popular option. That being said, this notion has been changing a lot lately. Certain industries are adapting different domain extension and very soon this will become the norm. Everything related to IT/Software is now in .io extension(examples,,, and many more) and it is becoming the standard in this field. All TV related websites now use .tv or .media domains. If it has not happened yet, very soon (.com) domain will not be the immediate thought for a domain name any more.

What’s the best place to buy a domain name? is the first suggestion that we give to all our clients. Why namecheap you may ask? Their customer support is what we answer. The cost is almost the same on all the providers, with 1 to 3 USD difference. However, good customer support is much more important, in case one needs any help, and namecheap is excellent at that. Our second choice would be They have good customer service as well. However if you are looking to buy a country specific domain(example, .my for Malaysia, or .sg for Singapore). These domains are sold by local providers only, so you will have to check for the specific country where you need the domain for.

How much does a domain name cost?

The price for a .com domain is around $12 per year. Other extensions such as .io are more expensive and can cost up to $40 per year. The domain purchase is a subscription fee, so the cost is for 1 year and has to be renewed yearly. A lot of providers offer a discount for the first year, or when purchased for a number of years.

Tip: Contrary to popular belief purchasing the domains for a longer period(3-5 years) will have no positive or negative effects on your SEO.

Now that we have found out about domains, the next article will dive into website hosting. Follow up article in this series: ”A little bit about Websites. Part 2: Hosting” will be posted here soon.

About the Author

Domain Names

Has been doing web design & development since early 2010s. Believes every website should serve a purpose. he is the founder and head of Development at Ecompile.