Let's say I am trying to register a domain name - dangerous to talk about before the fact, I know.

First off my purpose: I am creating a website to petition for changes to a state-controlled road inside of a city (yes, this is safe in my country.)

However, I want the website to be [verb][cityname].org. Sadly, the verb and city name I am using seem to start and end with the same character (an "e" for example).

Should I use [verb][cityname].org or [verb]-[cityname].org? It looks kind of awkward having two e's appear next to each other.

What might be the benefits of one over the other? Are there any statistics available on this matter?

  • Interesting question. I will let someone answer. But if I were to vote, I would vote to use the hyphen (-). – closetnoc Apr 25 '14 at 20:48
  • Why not capitalise it every time you use it e.g. www.UpgradeExampleTown.co.uk - I assume it is not a .com as you say it is safe to speak out in your country. :P – Steve Apr 25 '14 at 20:55
  • @user1833028: If you think using a dash is better for your users, use it. – Zistoloen Apr 26 '14 at 19:14
  • 2
    Why not register both? A .org isn't very expensive. You could then 301 to the canonical domain. As for which one to promote, I guess that would depend on your demographics and what they're used to seeing. – Daze Apr 28 '14 at 15:32
  • Alternately, check out the new TLDs -- there are lots already online, and more coming soon. – John Mueller Apr 30 '14 at 7:55

You should probably register both, for the little amount that it costs, just incase, and then domain forward (or frame forward if you like) the other to your preferred version.


I think using hyphen between is alright. You can arrange the verb and city name the way you like but by putting a hyphen between them make your SEO easy.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.