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

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According to the Daily Telegraph, there are 280 top-level domains, from .coffee to .cat and there are tons of different combinations you could do when registering your domain name.

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…

One of the most difficult tasks for a business owner is to find a memorable domain name that will be appealing for their target audience.

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 

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 wouldinclude 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: [email protected]

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