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    Opinion of choice of name for website

    I would like an opinion on the name of site, choices:

    www.clubsoton.co.uk or www.clubsouthampton.com

    soton is an abbreviation of southampton.

    The first name is easier to remember and cheaper althought the second is more of an appropriate name and more pricey.

    Any suggestions as to the best name to use?

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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    I would never remember the first one, but then I'm not British - the only reason I could remember the second one is that I was raised on Long Island. I also wasn't aware that one paid a higher price to register a domain depending on the number of characters. Is that Britain also?
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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    If it is for a commercial site then having a web site name based on the name of the company is better even if it is more expensive. If it is for a non-commercial site then it is less important which name you choose and more a case of how much you want to pay.

    I personally think www.clubsouthampton.com is easier to remember.

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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    I agree with Tony on all points.

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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    If the user is going to type the name, then obviously the shorter the better.

    But if the user is just going to click on it, then the more intelligible the better.

    At the moment I wouldn't be able to tell if this website is supposed to be that of the Southampton Football Club, but a quick Google shows me that their website is called Saints FC, so you are bound to get stray visitors expecting football rather than tonight's Rave Party! (For example...!).

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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    I doubt very much if it is a matter of the number of letters in the name - it is more likely that someone has already reserved the 'clubsouthampton' domain and put a premium on it.

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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    Aha, thanks Leif. In that case, I wouldn't play that game and would find another name, suitably acceptable.

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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    Hi, I think it is more important to choose the name of the site with what your key words are going to be IE: if your site is about fishing then you should try to get the name fishing in the site name. Now I know this isn't always practical but having the site name in the keywords is worth a point or two for SEO. People that know your site wont care what its called they will just bookmark it, the trick is getting yourself found in the search engines. Cheers Graham.

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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    Don't forget to check out the prices for other domains, such as .org.uk (if the organisation is non-profit), .org, .net, .tv, etc.

    As someone who lives in Southampton (the real one, in the UK <img src=/S/bif.gif border=0 alt=bif width=70 height=28>) either one seems equally memorable to me. Personally I'd prefer to see Southampton rather than Soton, but that's just me. Alternatively, you could try a more regional approach - variations on South Hampshire, South Coast, Solent, etc. might be worth looking into, and would come across as more inclusive to people outside of the city boundary (Eastleigh, Romsey, etc.)
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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    Actually, I'm 99% certain it's because the first is a .co.uk domain and the second a .com. Try combining them the other way around in your domain name site's search field and I suspect that's what you'll find makes the difference. Nor have I ever come across anywhere where number of characters comes into it at all!

    Re length vs rememberability (if that's a word?!), I've always found it better to use something they'll remember rather than worrying about how long it is. If they go there quite often, on their own machines, typing the first few characters will bring up the name from the history, or they'll put it in their favourites. It's when they're out and about or using an unfamiliar machine that they'll need to be able to remember it without having to have it written down somewhere!

    In fact, how long anything takes to type is becoming less and less relevant when put against ease of remembering it - as the next generation comes up, having been using keyboards since they were kneehigh to a grasshopper, pretty much all of them are fast typists.
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    Re: Opinion of choice of name for website

    Actually - I think you are right ! I hadn't taken in that they were different.

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