When you first establish a new blog, you must give it a name. While you can call your blog whatever you want, certain naming conventions apply to the web address that visitors type into the browser bar. Understanding the difference between your blog address and your domain name helps you develop a strategic solution.
What Is A Domain Name?
A domain name points visitors to your specific website using a series of alphanumeric characters. For example, at theblogpress.com, “theblogpress” serves as the domain name.
When a Web site owner chooses a domain name, the name becomes unavailable to everyone else. The domain points to a specific IP (Internet protocol) address and you cannot share it. However, BlogPress allows you to use its domain name to house your site if you don’t want one of your own.
What Is A Blog Address?
A blog address hosts your blog and all of its pages. Some site owners use a blog as the entire website, in which case visitors find the blog at the domain name, which is also called the home page.
The blog address, like the domain name, consists of alphanumeric characters. Bloggers can choose how to structure their Web sites based on their preferences.
What Is A Top Level Domain?
At the end of every Web address, you’ll see a final string of characters. Common top level domains (TLDs) include .com, org, .net, and .biz. This suffix concludes the site’s URL.
Do You Need A Unique Domain Name?
Website owners can use a unique blog address combined with BlogPress’s domain. This offers a simple solution for bloggers who want the least amount of hassle when launching a new site.
However, registering a unique domain with your blog address offers several advantages. First, it allows you to establish your own brand apart from someone else’s domain. You choose the entire URL of your website, which gives you complete control.
Furthermore, you gain access to increased customization options. As mentioned above, you might want to store your blog at the root domain. That way, visitors don’t have to enter any extra dots or slashes to find your site.
What Are Subdomains?
If you use theblogpress.com as your domain name, your blog becomes a subdomain, such as blog.theblogpress.com. A dot separates your blog address from the root domain name. When visitors enter the subdomain, they arrive at your blog rather than the BlogPress home page.
How Do You Choose A Domain Name And Blog Address?
Both your domain name and your blog address should hint at the content within your blog. This becomes particularly important when you blog within a specific niche.
You might use your name if you hope to brand yourself through the blog. Alternatively, choose a name and address that describe the topics you hope to discuss in your blog content.
Entrepreneur warns bloggers to avoid dashes and other punctuation in their domain names and blog addresses. Extra characters make your website address more difficult to remember (and to type correctly).
Many of the terms used in blogging confuse newcomers. If you want to start a blog but you’d rather avoid the technical side of the process, sign up for a risk-free trial at BlogPress.