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  • Decide which domain name you'd like to register
  • Keep it simple
  • You may need to reconsider as a lot of names have already been taken
  • Simplicity is the key to users remembering your web site's name
    • Also consider search engines - some index the words in your domain name as important keywords
    • Read our search engines section
    • There are arguments for and against using a hypen (-) to seperate words
      • For: search engines will seperate out indivdual keywords, the name is easier to read when written/printed
      • Against: they can be harder to remember, and are harder to say
  • Register your chosen name for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years at http://www.register.com/
    • This will cost approximately $35USD (24GBP) per year
  • You will also need to organise some web space for your site

There are other companies which you can purchase domain names from, but I have found http://www.register.com/ to be reliable, informative, helpful and you can manage your account easily with a secure web user interface.