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What is The Best Domain Extension? (TLD)

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With dozens of top level domains (domain extensions) to choose from, it may be hard to decide which TLD is best for your website.

This question is kind of hard to answer. Everyone’s situation is different. There is no “best” TLD, but only the best one for you.

The Best Domain Extension

The best domain extension should be chosen to help you create a stronger brand identity and improve results in your marketing.  The only way you can make this choice is by deciding what is important to you, and how you want portray your website/business.

Let’s start by going over the different types of TLD’s you can choose from.

Industry/Profession TLD’s:

Below is a small sampling of the business industry or career specific words you can use as a domain extension.

  • .Agency
  • .Accountant
  • .Cafe
  • .Church
  • .Lawyer
  • .Marketing
  • .Realtor

There are dozens more that you can pick, which are specific to your industry or professional title.

Product/Service TLD’s:

For those who want to have a very specific product offering and convey that in their domain name, you may want to look for TLD’s like the following.

  • .Bike
  • .Camera
  • .Computer
  • .Cruises
  • .Diamonds
  • .Events
  • .Tattoo

There are also many different domain extensions that target all kinds of different lifestyle, sports, education and commerce.

Our Opinion on Domain Extensions

While they are definitely interesting, and useful for vanity branding plays or independent marketing campaigns. Buying a .ca, .com or .net domain is in our opinion still the best option.

If you own a Canadian business or do business in Canada, having a .ca domain will help build trust with your consumers and give you more weight in the search engines (SEO).

For this reason, we believe you should put a .ca domain at the top of your list.

In Conclusion

While there are many different domain extensions to choose from, it’s hard to define where the benefit lies in choosing something more unique (aside from branding plays/marketing campaigns).

The verdict? Most should stick with traditional TLD’s.

If you’re looking for a new domain, click here to start your search. CanSpace offers the lowest priced .ca domains anywhere.


I Registered My Domain Name, Now What?

What to do after registering your domain name

So you’ve searched for and registered a domain; and now are wondering what is the next step in getting your website online.

If this describes your situation, you’ll need to follow the below steps.

1. Sign up for web hosting

In order to have your website searchable online, you’ll need to set up a hosting account. This ensures that when someone types in “yourwebsite.com” it will load the website you’ve set up.

There are many web hosting companies you can choose from, and we happen to be one of them. At CanSpace, our website hosting starts at $4.99 CAD per month.

We also offer 24/7 customer support so you never have to worry about problems with your website. Click here to check out our hosting packages.

2. Set up your website (with WordPress)

You don’t have to set up your website with WordPress per-se, but for a lot of people it is usually the best solution. It’s even great at helping build online stores.

The benefit of WordPress is that there are tons of plug-ins and themes to choose, which help you quickly build a website with the functionality you need.

However, there are plenty of other content management systems you can use for your site outside of WordPress. At CanSpace, we integrate with all of the popular systems.

3. Point your domain to your website

Lastly, you will need to set up your domain to the website you’ve built online. If you’ve purchased your domain with CanSpace this is a simple process and our support team can help you out.

If you purchased your domain with another registrar but are choosing to host your website with CanSpace, simply reach out to our team and we will guide you in the process.

We hope this has article has been helpful. If you have any further questions before getting started with hosting and setting up your website, simply reach out to our support team through live chat at any time!


What’s the Best TLD for SEO?

What is the best TLD for SEO?

It’s the question that seems to be on everyone’s minds when it comes to domains… Which TLD is best for SEO and will help my website rank?

In general, the traditional .com, .ca, .net and .org type TLD’s are best for SEO. Picking from the more unique and newer TLD’s can (sometimes) result in decreased search engine performance. This isn’t always the case though, and if you want a unique .ninja, .realtor or similar, you should go for it.

If you’re not sold on the idea of a unique TLD, we recommend going for a traditional TLD as it could have an impact on your chances of ranking.

Given that we know the above, the question that remains is which of the traditional types is the best TLD for SEO.

The answer? It depends.

The Best TLD For SEO is .ca

If you are a Canadian business or conduct business in Canada, the best option is usually the .ca domain.

This is because it unquestionably targets a specific geographical location. The TLD .ca is meant for Canadian-centric websites (Canadians can still use a .COM domain whereas companies not targeting Canadians wouldn’t use .CA).

When you use a .ca TLD, you automatically tell Google that you’re targeting Canadians.

What this does is give you more weight in Canadian search queries. You will automatically be seen as more geographically relevant or useful for their searches.

So what if you’re not targeting Canadian visitors/consumers?

.COM vs Everything Else

Some people see .COM as the holy grail for TLD’s. While it may slightly affect how your brand is perceived (do people take .NET domains seriously?), there is little difference on what is the best TLD for SEO.

If you can get a .COM, that’s great. If not, using .net, .co or .org won’t affect your SEO.

In Conclusion

The only thing to worry about when debating which TLD is best for SEO is your target market.

Is your business Canadian or target Canadian consumers? Use the TLD .CA. For all other situations, you can choose basically any of the traditional types (.com, .co, .org) and there will be no difference.

So, are you ready to buy a new domain? Click here to get your search started and take advantage of CanSpace’s  absolute lowest priced .ca domains, anywhere!


The Best Domain Extension For Personal Websites

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Want to get your own website or blog online but not sure what domain extension (or TLD – Top Level Domain) works best for a personal website?

There are now hundreds of TLD’s to choose from. Meaning it’s probably an overwhelming decision to be making! Should you pick .ca, .com, .co, .biz, .artist etc?

The good news is, in most cases the decision is relatively easy to make.

The Best Extension for a Personal Website Is…

Easy to remember, and helps you rank higher on the search engines so more people find you.

The fact of the matter is: traditional .CA and .COM domains are still the best. And we’re going to explain why that is right now.

1. Best For SEO

If you’re a Canadian business or do business in Canada, the best domain extension for you would be .CA. Why? It is given more “local power” in the search engines.

As a result of the country specific domain name, Google recognizes that you will be more relevant to people making search queries in Canada vs. the other options.

Not only does using .CA or .COM effect SEO, it plays a part in how people perceive your website.

2. More trusted

The new TLD’s are just that… new. Meaning they do not yet have widespread usage or recognition.

The recognition of .com or .ca domains is undoubtedly higher (because they have been around for longer). This recognition improves the trust factor of your website. In addition, if you’re using a .ca domain, you will be perceived as a local business.

This is good for building trust with your website visitors and potential customers if you’re selling.

3. More of a “staple” domain

When it comes to the new unique/cool TLD’s, they are best used in specific branding or marketing campaigns.

For regular personal websites, using something that is more of a widely recognized “staple” TLD will make your domain more easily memorable and less gimmicky feeling.

In Conclusion

If you’re looking to get people to your website to consume your stuff – whether that be your blogs, vlogs, or photo feed, your best bet is to go with the traditional .ca or .com domains.

There are instances where it may make sense… If you really want something unique and are willing to put in the work to generate more brand recognition, you can use the other types. Just remember, your SEO may be affected.

So, if you’re looking for a great domain, click here to start your search. CanSpace offers the cheapest domains around guaranteed (including the new TLD’s).


How to Choose a Good Domain Name for Your Website

How to choose a good domain name for your personal or business website

Choosing a good domain name for your website starts with understanding what your goals are, and the reach you have within your community.

Let’s go over the three options you have when choosing your domain name and when you would pick them.

1. Making your domain name your business name

This is one of the most popular routes business owners take when choosing their domain name. Before doing so however, you should ask yourself the following question…

Do you have a strong brand in your niche and/or geographical location? If you do, you should feel comfortable simply buying a domain name like “yourbusiness.ca.”

For those who do not yet have great brand identity, you may want to choose from one of the next two options. (if no one knows who or where you are, they will never find you with the search engines).

Side-Note: If you’re not sure how many people are searching for you on the search engines, use the Keyword Planner tool and search for your business names’ search volume.

2. Your business name + location

Let’s say your business is a gym called Fitness World in Toronto. You would choose a domain name for your website like…

Fitnessworldtoronto.ca

This great for building brand identity while improving the chances visitors find you while making searches for local businesses on Google.

3. Location + your business or product niche

Imagine FitnessWorld prides itself on having the cheapest gym membership cost around. They might choose a domain name like…

Cheapgymtoronto.ca or affordablegymtoronto.ca

Or let’s take a cellphone repair shop. What would be a good domain name here?

Cellrepairstoronto.ca

In Conclusion

The best way to choose a good domain name for your website is to figure out how many people recognize your business and are searching for it.

If you’re a new or lightly marketed business (with low brand recognition) you may want to choose a location or keyword based domain name to help generate more visitors from the search engines.

You can of course choose to do a combination of the above.

So, are you ready to get choose a domain name? Click here to get started, and take advantage of Canada’s cheapest domain price guaranteed.


What is a Top Level Domain Name? (TLD)

What is a TLD or top level domain

Looking to buy a great domain name for your website, but keep seeing TLD (or top level domain) everywhere and not sure where to start?

Let’s jump right into what TLD stands for.

What is a TLD?

Top level domains refer to the “extension” used after the “period” in your domain name.

These TLD’s are commonly seen as: .ca, .com, .net, .org etc.

You may also see the term “domain extensions” used synonymously with TLD, as domain extensions and Top Level Domain’s both mean the same thing.

Choosing a Top Level Domain depends on your business and particular goals/desires.

What Top Level Domains Are There?

Aside from the commonly used .ca, .com and .net, there are literally dozens to choose from. Some you may have seen before…

  • .biz
  • .co
  • .io
  • .bid
  • .club

There are also ones like .agency, .accountant and .realtor that work into the branding of specific businesses.

You can even pick something geographically targeted like:

  • .com.co
  • .com.au
  • .co.uk
  • .co.nz

Of course .com and .ca would also classify as the above (US and Canada respectively). Using these geo-targeted TLD’s (especially .CA) is another great way to find good domains that may be taken in the .com form.

In Conclusion

Top level domain names are basically your domains’ extension. They can help differentiate your business – by targeting the area or business niche you work in.

This can help you build more trust, and generate more sales as a result of a stronger brand identity.

If you’re a Canadian business, we recommend the TLD .ca. It is undoubtedly the best domain for businesses that are located or do business in Canada.

Click here and start your search for a great domain.