Not ready to build a website? Here are three other ways to effectively use a .CA domain name

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When you think about a domain name you often think about a website. While a website relies on a domain name, you don’t necessarily need a website to use your domain name effectively. A website is an obvious and powerful way to use your domain name, but there are many other great ways to use a domain name. Many people and small businesses aren't ready to create a website, and that’s okay. We always recommend registering your domain name first to ensure that you secure and protect your brand online. If a website isn’t in the cards for you in the short term, here are three not-so-obvious ways to use your .CA domain name. (Seulement en anglais)

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A website is an obvious and powerful way to use a domain name, but sometimes individuals or small businesses aren't quite ready, or do not have the time or resources, to launch a website. And although there is no business too small to have a website, there are several not-so-obvious ways to use a domain name. 

If a website isn’t in the cards for you in the short term, here are three not-so-obvious ways to use your .CA domain name.

1. Create a customized email address

Isn’t it time you moved on from that email address? Add a layer of professionalism to your emails with customers or potential employers with a custom email address. Your .CA domain name can be used for personalized email addresses (like, meaning you don’t have to fight for usernames with popular email services. Most Registrars (the company with whom you register your domain name with) offer this service and can help you set it up in minutes. To find a Registrar that offers this service, simply apply the "email hosting" filter when you search for a .CA domain. Here's an example:

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2. Protect your brand online 

Just because you’re not ready to build a website doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your personal or business brand online. Be proactive and register your .CA domain before someone else does. As long as you renew it every year, you’ll have full control over it. The last thing you want is for someone else to register it before you get the chance - maybe even your competitor! Now that would be bad news. It’s not expensive or difficult. Go find and register your .CA domain now.

3. Forward it to an online profile or store 

Not ready to build a website? No problem. You can forward your .CA domain to another online or social media profile, like Facebook, LinkedIn, or Etsy - anywhere you want. Rather than building a website, it might make sense to forward your domain to one of these profiles. Most Registrars give step-by-step instructions on how to do this, and some actually offer plugins to connect your .CA domain in a matter of seconds.  

Making use of your .CA domain doesn’t necessarily mean having to create a website. If you’re ready to get a website live, all the power to you. If not, it’s no big deal. We suggest securing your .CA domain name and utilizing it in one of the alternative ways we outlined above.

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Do you have any other clever ways of using a domain name? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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