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Can I register domain names with hyphens, dots or spaces?

Domain Name Hyphens, dots or spaces

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I frequently get asked if a domain name can be registered with hyphens, dots or spaces.

I have put together a video for you so that you know what the best practices are when it comes to registering new domain names.
We walk you through some examples step by step.

If you have any specific questions or feel something was not covered please put your comments below.

Watch this video…

1. Can I use spaces in my domain name?

NO. You cannot include spaces in your domain name. It needs to be an all in one word.

To give you an example, If you search for the following domain name which includes spaces…

domain name with spaces







You will get the following error message ….

Domain with spaces error


So… To recap, you have to search for domain names without spaces when looking to register domain names.

2. Can I use hyphens in  domain names?

YES. You can use hyphens when looking to register a new domain name.

A domain name with hyphens could look look like something like this…

domain name with hyphens






My personal opinion would be to try to avoid domain names with hyphen because they are more difficult to remember. When you give the domain name to your friends and customers they may not remember if it did have hyphen or not.

There are some popular websites that have hyphen on their domains but it is a minority.

In terms of branding I would recommend it without. It just looks cleaner and will be easier to remember.

3. Can I use dots in my domain name?

NO. You cannot use dots in your domain names.

If you were to do that eg: like on the example image below…

Dots in Domain Names






You would get the following error message…

Domain with Dots Error





But… what you can have is a subdomain and that would include dots eg:

In this case you could set up the subdomain based on your domain name in your web hosting control panel.

For those that do not know what Web hosting is, it’s just the space that you need in a server that is connected to the internet 24×7 so that you can publish your website, setup email accounts eg:

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How much does it cost to register a domain name?

cost of registering a domain

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The cost of the domain name registration depends on the actual domain name extension that you are interested in.

By extension I mean eg: .com,, .net, .info, .biz etc.

Some domain names can be registered for up to 10 years.

You can see here our web hosting & domain name registration costs

You can check if your domain name is available by using our domain name search facility.

To give you an idea on costs:

Domain Registration Prices

Domain Registration Prices

What is a Domain Name & Why Should I register one?

what is a domain name?

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A domain name gives you a way a much easier way of remembering an Internet address. This name is unique. A domain name is your piece of internet real estate.

At present 100.000 domains are being registered monthly. You should register your domain now since in the near future they might be taken. A domain name provides a professional look to your company or association.  Anyone can register a .com, .net, .org , .biz, .info, .name, .eu, or domain names.

There are different types of domain names that you can register eg:. com, .net, .org , .biz, .info, .name, .eu, or If you are a UK business I would strongly recommend going for a domain name.


What do I get when I register a domain name?

When you register a domain name you become the owner of the domain name and you have the rights to use it.

Nobody else can use it for as long as you keep renewing the domain name. (some domains can be registered for up to 10  years)

With UK domain names you also get an ownership certificate sent to you by post.

With other domain extensions you do not get a physical certificate you just get email confirmation.

When you register a domain name you also get:

  • Online Control Panel (to manage all aspects of your domain name eg change contact details)
  • Email and Web Forwarding (you would need this if you want to forward email to another email account or if you want to redirect the domain name to an existing website)
  • DNS Management (you would use this if you want to change the server where your domain name is pointing to)
  • 24×7 Tech Support

 How long does it take to register?

UK domains and .com/.net/.org/.info/.name/.biz names are all registered instantly but the whole process of registration can take take approx 24 hours.

If you have any questions please post them below.

WHOIS Privacy was purchased but the domain’s real information is still showing

Most likely, the Registrant did not authorize the purchase by following the instructions that Tucows sent to the admin contact email address. The admin contact has 10 days to authorize the service. If no authorization occurs, WHOIS Privacy is not enabled.

How do I ensure successful transfers from DirectNic?

If you are transferring from DirectNic, here are some tips to help assure your transfer is successful

DirectNic has 2 security levels for your domain that you can set from their website.

1. Normal Security – If this is selected, you can then simply transfer away after approving “our” confirmation email.
2. High Security – If this setting is chosen you will need to confirm an email sent by DirectNic to “AdminContactVariable”, or they will not allow the transfer.
3. If your security setting is “High” then you will have 72 hours to approve the email that DirectNic sends you.
4. For .biz, .info or .org domains you must contact DirectNic to obtain your “Authcode” for the domain (needed for transfer). url:

How do I ensure successful transfers from Enom?

If you are transferring from Enom, here are some tips to help assure your transfer is successful.
1) All domains with Enom are locked and must be unlocked before starting a transfer. Contact Enom support regarding unlocking your domain: url:
2) After you approve our confirmation email you will also receive a confirmation email from Enom.
3) Enom will send their confirmation email to “AdminContactVariable”.
4) If you do NOT respond to Enom’s confirmation email the transfer will complete automatically after 72 hours (if the domain is unlocked). If you DO respond to their email and approve the transfer it will happen that much quicker.
5) For .biz, .info or .org domains you must contact Enom to obtain your “Authcode” for the domain (needed for transfer). url: