How to pick your band’s domain name

Band Domain NameThere was a time, in the halcyon days of the mid-to-late 90’s, when you had a legitimate shot at getting the exact website address you wanted for your band. Sure, it wasn’t guaranteed, but you definitely had a better chance than you do now.

With the rise of obnoxious domain-name squatters (people who buy up web addresses to sell at a profit) and a solid decade of the entire world making a home on the Internet, it ain’t as easy as it once was.

But don’t be discouraged!

Picking the domain name for your band may end up being more of a challenge than you initially anticipated, but you can still get a great web address.

Best-case scenario

You have a very original band name, and obtaining YourBandName.com isn’t any harder than registering it. Say what you want about Limp Bizkit, but I guarantee LimpBizkit.com was more than available when they were starting out. Heck, it even worked for Goat Desolation.

Worst-case scenario

Your band is called Food (or something equally generic) and it seems like everything in that realm is taken. Hey, look, FoodBands are even a product, which is sure to make it even more confusing. Food, you’ve got your work cut out for you.

It’s time to get creative

 Plenty of bands use web addresses like FoodtheBand.com, FoodMusic.com, FoodRocks.com, FoodPortland.com, etc., and those are great. Just make sure it’s creative, in the spirit of your band (no reason it can’t be funny or cute, if that’s your thing), and something that people are bound to remember. We’ve delved into this in detail, and you can read more about it here.

.com, .net, .biz; are they all OK? 

Good question! Read this for an extended discussion of the subject.

Once you’ve got it, don’t lose it! 

Squatters are just waiting to steal your name and try to sell it back to you. Check out this article to learn how to care for your address once you have it.

What tips do you have? How did you score your band-name address and was it the one you wanted? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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