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    janetteb
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    We’ve started a wedding videography business. Our trading name is rather long – let’s call it Shine Wedding Videography. Unfortunately, http://www.shine.com.au is taken. So for the domain name, would you have it being the full, very long name:

    http://www.shineweddingvideography.com.au

    or shortened versions such as:

    http://www.shineweddingvideos.com.au
    http://www.shineweddings.com.au

    or something a little left field like:

    http://www.shone.com.au

    Any opinion much appreciated!

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    liteon
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    Even though one would assume that most of your web traffic would come form search engines and wedding directories I would think that shorter and easier to remember would be best?

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    JacquiPryor
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    I agree with Liteon, shorter is easier to remember.

    I think you should register them all! This will stop anyone else from getting the similar versions!

    I think from the list in your post that your ‘main’ one to put your website on should be shineweddings.com.au – think its easier to remember than the longer ones.

    Good Luck!

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    bluepenguin
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    fromscratch78
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    I agree with the blue penguin

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    Steve_Minshall
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    If you have a couple of URLs you can’t decide between it costs very little to buy all of them and forward them to one site while you decide what works best.

    I would certainly get ‘shineweddings’ because this is broad enough for any future wedding industry diversification then forward a video type url to this site. My pick would be ‘shineweddingvideos’

    My approach to URLs is if you think they may be useful, buy-em then decide what to do with them later because in the scheme of things they cost very little.

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    B Cooper
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    Hey there,

    http://www.shineweddings.com.au definiately sounds great, it’s short, easy to remember, it’s seems basically perfect.

    Good luck! :)

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    King
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    it is a shame weddingvideo.com.au is taken because that would have been my choice!weddingvideo.co is available though

    darn, same with weddingmovies.com.au, but look at .co, .tv and .me

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    Netorigin
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    +1 for http://www.shineweddings.com.au :)

    Cheers,
    Shaun

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    BrettM33
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    shineweddings.com.au for me too :)

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    John C.
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    I also like shineweddings.com.au, but agree that for the minimal domain name registration cost it’s worth buying all the other versions as well. You can either redirect them all to the one main website, or use them to target slightly different keywords and then link to your main website.

    Perhaps shone.com.au could be your blog and porfolio of previous work? So many possibilities!

    Good luck with it.

    Cheers,
    John

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    Steve_Minshall
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    I see that weddingvideos.com.au is one of those Fairfax owned bull!@#$ sites that fill the web up with no useful content what so ever but is used to expand their banner ad network.

    I wonder how much income they actually get from it? Would it be worth a call to see if they would sell at a realistic price?

    According to “whois”:
    Owner: Ollority P/L
    Contact: [email protected] (yes a gmail address for !@#$-sake)

    Can you tell how much I hate this type of business :)

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    janetteb
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    Wow, thanks so much for all your great input. Most people seem to think we should go for shineweddings.com.au but register the other names. Sounds very sensible to me.

    This might be a silly question to ask, but where do we go to buy the domain names? I’ve seen a few places on the internet where they say you can buy them. Are some places better than others? We’ll be using a website designer in a month of so to create our website but would like to register our domain names before then. And is there any way to set up a new email using our new domain name ourselves? We’re not techonologically competent, as you might be inferring from this post! :)

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    bluepenguin
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    You’ll get lots of recommendations, but I use smartyhost.com.au and have never had an issue with them in 6 years. Their are a Melbourne based company owned by MYOB.

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    Pinnacle TMS
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    Hi – just on the name shineweddings.com.au appeals – has a good ‘feel’ about it. Best of luck with it!

    Cheers, Suzanne

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