Hi All! 🤗
Let’s talk about one of the first things to consider when setting up your personal website: the name, or to be more specific, the domain name. Picking a domain name is something people often struggle with, because it comes with a few questions: What is a “good” domain name for your site? Should you use your real name or a nickname or pseudonym? Does it make sense to include your profession or relevant keywords in the URL? Or should you even get creative and invent a unique or funny name?
That’s a lot of things to consider. So I asked the people of Mastodon: what is your website’s URL and why did you pick it? And are you happy with it or would you choose a different domain name today? And (almost) half of Mastodon replied! Reading through the answers is really interesting if you want to get an idea of which domain names people chose and why.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that many opt for some combination of first and/or last name. Although a few people also called this a “boring” option, it is definitely a safe bet, especially if you are using your personal site professionally in some form. But a lot of folks are also very happy with using a nickname or alias.