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Long web name, dashes or none ?

  • # September 24, 2012 at 8:54 am


    unusual question :)

    when it comes to long name for a web what do you think is better or what do you prefer ?

    have this to one

    I am used to 1st version but never had such long one and with DASHES it is more readable

    # September 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    For ease of readability and assuming that you are going for a branding then then the dashes make more sense.

    What I would say is..why not buy both? It’s not as though uncommon domain names are expensive.

    # September 24, 2012 at 10:06 am

    It’s not a life-changing thing or super important, but think of mobile users and their small keyboards. Adding dashes creates unnecessary complications for them. No dashes is easier for the user overall, but I do agree that dashes make things more readable.

    # September 24, 2012 at 10:16 am

    @Senff I see where you are coming from but in my experience mobile users don’t find sites by typing…they do it by searching or clicking existing links / bookmarks.

    My basic points is that for (in the absence of a better word) marketing / SEO purposes, the dashed version is much better.

    # September 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    or have long version for DESKTOPS (keyboards)

    and short version working as “alias” redirecting to original web for those mobile users :)

    for instance : goes to =>

    # September 24, 2012 at 10:39 am

    @krysak4ever I don’t think you can serve different addresses on a viewport size basis.

    I would pick the one you want as your ‘primary’ address and have the others re-direct there.

    # September 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

    as you say:

    **”I would pick the one you want as your ‘primary’ address and have the others re-direct there”**

    is what I meant :)

    # September 25, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Another thing to consider:
    Many people share web addresses (real-world social networking, OMG!) verbally. While a dash makes your URL more readable, it makes it *much* more difficult to speak.

    Saying “All one word, custom anything dot com” is much more understandable than saying “custom dash anything dot com, that’s c u s t o m dash a n y t h i n g dot com.”

    Speaking from experience, here.
    Guess which domain name *I* picked. : )

    # September 25, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Both. Some people prefer short url, some people prefer clear url.

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