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What are the benefits of a personal domain?
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Sharing a resume or portfolio.
If you have a resume or portfolio you’d like to circulate but don’t have a website, a personal domain is the answer. Because you can send a personal domain to nearly any place online, it’s a perfect solution if you have documents stored in the cloud. Link them to your personal domain to make them easier to find and download.
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Setting up email or a website.
Once you set up your personal domain and see what it can do, you’ll be tempted to take the next step. Use it to set up a custom email address based on your domain to add to your credibility. Once you see how easy that is, use it to create a personal website using a website-building platform like WordPress.
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Protecting your reputation.
When everything depends on your personal brand, use domain name registration to protect it. To keep bad actors from impersonating you online, register a domain with variations of your actual name. With all of the available domain extensions out there today, get as many as you can to manage your online reputation.

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Personal domain frequently asked questions.

Is a personal domain the same thing as a website?

Not exactly. A personal domain is a web address that allows you to take control of your online identity by directing visitors to any site. Register a personal domain, and then forward it to any website, blog or other pages you control, like your Facebook or LinkedIn profiles. There’s no limit to how many personal domains you can have.

How do I choose a personal domain?

To start, keep in mind that registering a personal domain is the same as any other top-level domain. Your registration will eventually come up for renewal, so choose a term you can afford without risking expiration. Here are a few other ideas and tips to help you register a personal domain:

  • Keep it short — A short domain has better chance of sticking in somebody’s mind once they hear it. Which leads us to the next tip…
  • Make it memorable — Using your own name or a catchy phrase helps people match a personal domain to you.
  • Have a plan — Once you secure your personal domain, don’t just let it sit there. Get online and make your ideas real.

Why should I connect my domain to any of these websites?

Pointing your personal domain to your Facebook or LinkedIn pages is a great way to set up an instant online presence, without having to build your own website. You’ll always control what your visitors see when they go there. A personal domain is a great choice for businesses as well. It allows you to control every aspect of your brand — even the address you give to your customers.

Can I use my domain for email and still point it to Facebook or another site?

Yes. Your email is connected to your domain, not to the site it’s pointing to. Once you set up an email address on your personal domain, you can change where your domain is pointing, and your email will stay the same.

Can I point my domain to my Facebook page only until I build my website?

You can point your domain to your Facebook page for as long as you like. But once you build your own website, it will need its own domain. You can either stop using this personal domain for Facebook and forward it to your new website or choose a new domain for your website.