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Music And The Internet
Creating Your Official Site
THE NAME GAME:
Artist Name Vs. Site Name Figuring out your name is hard enough, without having to consider how it's going to serve you on the Internet. Yet that's precisely what I suggest you should do. When first considering a band name, start by reviewing the StarPolish section on Names, and then sit down at the computer and crosscheck every potential name you come up with at a domain name registry service site. A new site that gets the StarPolish stamp is Cheap Domain Registration (.com) - they offer some of the most competitive prices on the 'net. Register.com and Network Solutions are also both good sites that can tell you in an instant if a domain name is free or taken. Some terms: a domain name is your site's name on the Internet (e.g. yourband.com). A URL is that name's full Internet address (e.g. http://www.yourband.com). It is important to cross-reference all of your potential domain names with a registry site instead of just typing the URL into a browser. By typing the URL into a browser you may get an "address not found" notice and it will seem as though the domain name is available -- but someone may have actually bought and registered it and has simply not yet used it. Don't set yourself up for a nasty surprise at the last minute. As an example, let's say your band is considering calling itself "Sacred Cow." You run a check at Network Solutions on sacredcow.com and you discover that that domain is reserved by a soon-to-be Hindi web portal. But then you think of the name "Sacred Baboon." You enter that name in and see that it's free. Great! Put Sacred Baboon on your list of possibilities, and shelve Sacred Cow. The same goes for registering a solo artist name. If your name is Jennifer Lynn Smith and jennifersmith.com is already registered, you may want to consider performing under a different name-- like Jennifer Lynn or Lynn Smith (or even Zenobia Frost, what the hell)-- if those alterations are available for registration.
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