I’m excited to start my first community with Discourse. I realized it’s a pretty sticky platform, and my area of expertise is lacking a forum built on modern software. Though I can follow tech directions, I think it will be easiest for me if I start with Communiteq (formerly DiscourseHosting).
At the moment, my only real hangup is picking out a domain. Years ago, I blogged/tweeted at a domain I’d like to use. Though I stopped blogging, I did hold the domain until last year. I finally get the idea for a community, but it turns out someone picked it up and is using it (unrelated to my topic, non-English). So in my head, I’m still stuck on the old domain since I owned it for a decade. Though there are other very similar/unique domains I can pick.
Domain & TLD
Should I consider a similar .com to what I had before? Or should I consider the old domain in a .org or .net? Or what about the longer, but relevant .community?
Right now, the domain will just be the community, not associated with any other brand. Which is why I’m leaning toward just picking a similar domain to get the easily recognizable .com address.
Is it possible to have sub domains as a part of each category?
For example, if my main topic was movies (it’s not) and the domain was 99reels, the category for horror would read horror.99reels.com. That’s probably unnecessary, I’m just curious. I hope to attract a wide enough audience, though some might only be interested in a specific category and not others.
Thanks for reading.