Okay, after months, and I do mean months, of thinking, I MIGHT have finally settled on a name for my new home bakery. I'm still not licensed yet, but I've been trying to come up with that perfect name and I think I got it. However, I looked it up online and there are a few bakeries out there that already have this name. From all I can find, they are all overseas though, not here in the US. So I think I'm okay if I use the same name, right? I know lots of bakeries have the same or similar names to other bakeries out there. It's impossible for all of us to have a unique business name. I know there are no business in my state with this name I'm thinking of using. Anyway, my question is the name that I want to use as the website address is already being used and is a .com name. For those of you with experience in websites, etc., how do you get around having the same name as another business as far as website addresses go? Do you change the spelling, add words to the address, etc? I want my address to be as close to the business name as I can get so if customers do a search for my business, they'll be able to find me. I'm starting to think about building my website, but this address issue is confusing me. Thanks for any help!
You could follow the bakery name with your city name. "I Make Cakes" would be www.imakecakescityname.com
Then when people seach, they'll see the city name and know they found the right place! Hope that helps.
The name I picked out was also being used by someone else as a .com I finally just added the word "cakes" and took the "s" out of another word. If I hadn't, I would've had to use .net or another one.
You just have to work with it and see what you can live with.
These are great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
It doesn't have to be a .com. It can be .net, .info, .org, .us, etc. The prices differ depending on where you register the name. I ran into a problem when I was registering my site for my class (I teach high school SPanish). I decided to go with .us because it was the only one available (.com is actually a porn site so I have to stress to my students that it is .us). I know that .com is easier to remember but if it is something you really want (i.e. my students can identify with "aplausos" so I just had to have that name), try using another extension.