'What? It's already got a name!' I hear you cry. More specifically, the question is: what should the URL for this site be?

For the less I.T. minded amongst us, a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the technical name for the web address that usually begins 'www.'

The obvious choice would be 'www.bowesandboundsconnected...'. I wonder, however, if that might be a little too long. You'd want something that's easier to remember. If people see the URL in a shop window, a library noticeboard, pasted onto a lamp post (just kidding), we would want them to remember it and find it easy to type into their browser.

I'm not talking about changing the name of the site from 'Bowes and Bounds Connected'. I'm simply starting a discussion about what the URL should be.

Has anyone got any thoughts on this matter?

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Hello Dave. It's long but easy to remember. Can the URL contain signs like '&'? If so, it could also be 'www.bowes&boundsconnected' then?
Anne
& is not allowed I'm afraid. Only letters numbers and hyphens are allowed in the domain part of the URL. What I mean is that the bit between the 'www.' and the '.com' can only contain 'A-Z', 'a-z' and '-'.

Next question on the same subject: What should the end of the URL be? Historically .com was the domain suffix used for US companies, however, it's come to be used for just about anything the world over. Likewise .org and .net used to have specific semantic meanings, but are now available for just about anyone to use.

For a more local flavour, .co.uk can be used, or .org.uk.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
I like the simplicity of .org and could the URL be BowesandBounds.org

Dave McNeill said:
& is not allowed I'm afraid. Only letters numbers and hyphens are allowed in the domain part of the URL. What I mean is that the bit between the 'www.' and the '.com' can only contain 'A-Z', 'a-z' and '-'.

Next question on the same subject: What should the end of the URL be? Historically .com was the domain suffix used for US companies, however, it's come to be used for just about anything the world over. Likewise .org and .net used to have specific semantic meanings, but are now available for just about anyone to use.

For a more local flavour, .co.uk can be used, or .org.uk.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
Two thoughts - (i) just to stir things up with a little variety, what do people think of 'Out of Bounds'?

(ii) is it worth considering a .net address, rather than .co or .org? If not, I'd suggest you want to think about occupying .org space rather than .co space, there is a difference.

k
I've speculatively registered bowesandbounds.org. Not to say that is what we'll end up with, however, that seemed to be an early favourite and since it was mentioned in open discussion on one of the test sites, I was worried someone else might grab it.

Agree that .org is probably the most appropriate for this kind of site. Although the distinctions are now blurred and anyone can register any available name in .com, .org or .net, .net was historically for ISPs' (AT&T, Sprint, etc) network equipment. .com was meant for companies obviously.

outofbounds is a nice suggestion - witty. I wonder if the Bowes Park people might object to the lack of representation in the name.

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