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Saturday, 2 January 2010

Discussion: To buy or not to buy a domain name?

So last night on Twitter a couple of bloggers were very excited because they had bought a domain name. It got me to thinking about whether I would like to do this. The trouble is I do not know enough about it to make an informed decision. What are the benefits of having your own domain name? What are the set backs?

I need your thoughts and advice to decide if having my own domain name is a good investment for my blog. 

Thanks for your input!
The Bookette

21 comments:

The Book Bug said...

I honestly don't think that it will make any difference. I thought about this too, when I started blogging, but I thought that it would be a waste of money if I gave up on my blog by December.

The Bookologist said...

It's actually your choice. There's actually really no difference. It's just that the "blogspot" part is taken off. I think having your own domain will be easier but if you don't, then it's totally okay. I sometime might buy my own domain soon. Although, it can be a waste of money if you stop blogging.

Becky said...

I agree that it would be a waste of money if I stopped blogging. I have no intention of doing that any time soon but I guess you never know what life will trhow at you. I love being a blogger though. So assuming I continue to blog, what exactly is the benefit of losing .blogspot?
I think it's more professional. But that is just perception, isn't it?

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

I was probably the one who got all excited on Twitter about buying a custom domain, huh? :) Well, for me it's just something that I wanted to do, plus yeah I think it makes the site look more professional and easier to access (there were a bunch of blogs called bookalicious so I wanted to be 'original', heh). As for the cost, it's only 12.50 dollars (including tax) per year so I hardly think that's a waste of money. :) I don't really see any setbacks. No huge advantages either, I just like the sound of having my own site. :)

Becky said...

Thanks Bookalicious. You were not the only blogger who bought a domain name yesterday. It must have been infectious. It certainly got me thinking. I also thought it would be much more expensive. That isn't really more than the cost of a hardback so I don't have a problem with buying it. I guess I thought they'd be more to it.

Lauren said...

If it's not expensive, then I suppose it comes down to how important it is for you to seem professional. Also, there's a narrow possibility that someone could start a website with the same name as your blog, if you don't buy the domain. Which could cause a lot of confusion and detract from your blog, I guess. I kind of like the idea myself but I'm lazy with that kind of thing!

Becky said...

Well, professionalism is important to me. And I would be very upset if someone stole the name of my blog. I love the name of my blog. Maybe I should just do it? Change is scary!

Bookalicious Ramblings said...

Nah, it's not scary, it's quite simple and easy really, you can do everything through blogger, you just need a credit card and that's it. If you don't want others stealing your name, then you better get a domain asap, that's why I did it too. :)

The Bookologist said...

Becky, yeah, I also don't plan to stop blogging, I love it! It does make the blog more professional, which majority of us want, I might get my own domain soon. If you really feel like you won't stop blogging, do it! =)

Cat Clarke said...

I bought mine a few months ago. Agree that it gives a more professional impression, and good to stop anyone else nicking it!

prophecygirl said...

I've thought about this too, but I decided it wasn't worth the hassle for me. URLs would have to change etc...

I know what you mean about making it look more professional, but I don't have my blog for a job/work etc, so I'm not too bothered about that.

I still think it's a good idea if you want to do it, though :)

Becky said...

I'm tilting towards buying it. The good thing is that you can still keep everything you've already got if you buy it through Blogger. It transfers your followers and everything. The main thing that scares me is if I need any more technical knowledge. I don't think I do though having looked at what Blogger says about custom domains.

Jenny your blog seems meticulous to me and highly professional even if that isn't what you were intentionally aiming for.

I don't want my blog to become like a job. I have one of those already thank you very much but I still want it to be professional. I also still want it to have all its Becky-ness as well. You know silly pictures with huge sunglasses type of thing.

As Romeo says: "What's in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet."

Cat, I feel you are right about the nicking it thing. I don't want there to be another Bookette. The thought of having a clone is horrifying. Maybe I'm just too vain...

LovesSam said...

BUY IT....seriously, some girls have just set up a website called www.thecrookedshelf.com which is totally my blog *sigh* I suspect it will get really confusing some time in the future, but it was my blog name first so I refuse to change it. But even so if you google the crooked shelf, my blog comes up so its not all bad. but it still really annoys me to be honest

Becky said...

Well, there you have it folks. Our favourite Wolf Girl has had her blog identity stolen. How mean! I can understand why you don't want to change it though and you shouldn't have to! I think you may be right, my credit card is calling to me!

Becky said...

After all this discussion, the domain I want has been taken already. I can have www.thebookette.net or www.thebookette.org. What should I do? I could also have www.beckybookette.com. I like the way that looks but it isn't as easy as thebookette, is it? Ahhh, this is so difficult.

Becky said...

Okay, so I made the decision. My blog is now www.thebookette.co.uk and I am very happy with that. There was a stressful hour there where I thought it had all gone wrong but thankfully I stayed calm and followed Blogger's instructions. They were excellent as long as I remained calm.

I bought my domain from www.goaddy.com. It cost £12.36 and that is for 2 years. I didn't buy any of their extras because Blogger does the rest.

A bug thanks to Cat for helping me through my craziness on Twitter. You're a star!

Book Monster said...

Hey Becky, just wanted to let you know that I gave your blog a award on my site :)

austenfan said...

Congrats on the new domain! :)

I Want To Read That said...

Congrats on the new domain - I am now starting to wonder if I should get one. Argg decisions:(

Becky said...

Go on, Sammee. Get your own domain! Now that I've done it I don't know what I was worried about. Although I seem to have lost my blogroll!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love mine. It makes me feel more official. But I'd love your page no matter what you choose to do.