Elucidation Domain Question?

Hi Everyone, been kind of a slow month by the looks of things, but I’ve been doing a lot of behind the scenes stuff with my new layout. I’m almost done with the site changes I just need to work on the gallery now. So soon!! I can’t wait the new site has new cute features but is pretty much the same but better. I would also like to make a note of my new hostees!!! yay I have hostees!! lol.

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Ok now the update is done I wanted to ask you all a question.

I’ve been thinking for a long time now that Elucidation Art is not a very good domain name. I love the name when I first thought of it I looked though the dictionary to try and find a word that would describe a tutorial that sounded sophisticated and unique and well Elucidation ticks both those boxes as far as I’m concerned however… its a long name and even I when I type quickly muddled the letters around and I’ve been typing the name for the past 8 years I’ve figured out. I’ve been reading a bit into SEO and ways to improve my work and my sites, and all the resources say that the domain name should reflect the site. Well when I first created the site I did but that was WAY back when and I was with staghosting which has long since died anyway my point is I think its time I updated Elucidation with a new name that would better suite the users.

I have spoken with both my hostees they agree that if I want to change the name they are happy for me to do it. I think I will miss the name Elucidation and will probably always call it it but, with the reasearch I’ve done in to the keywords and global searches no one would ever find elucidation naturally, I rely heavily on all my wonderful affiliates to provide me links back to my site and its not really fair on my hostees as they will have the same problems becuase I thought the name was cute when I was 16.

So my question is do you think I should change the domain name and the name of the site or do you think I should stick with it?

I’ve got a few names I’ve been thinking about which I’ve put into the poll below. please vote and any comments add to the comments below I can’t wait to hear what you guys think? I’ve been playing with the idea of getting network of domains with the same keyword of fuse together as my other domains have it in it twilightfuse.com and deefuse.co.uk so it would be cool if I could get fuse in it somewhere but I also don’t want to lose Elucidation I know I’m being stupid but lucid is a nice shortened version… but I’m stuck…. I need help. Also all the SEO things I’ve been reading suggest putting your keyfeature in the domain name and I would have to say mine is fanart… but I’m not a big fan of sticking this in… makes the site look a little spammish but it would really help the hostees???

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  • Congrats on the hostees 🙂 And I see where you’re coming from with the name change… although I voted to keep “Elucidation” because I just feel like it’s a more elegant name and it distinguishes the site. But I understand from a business perspective what you’re getting at… Have you considered just shortening your site name? Like “Lucid Art” or something?

    Anyway, just thoughts. Looking forward to the new layout! Take care! 😉

  • Dee

    I really like lucid art unfortunately someone has both lucidart.com and lucid-art.com could go .co.uk but I like .com’s they seem bigger and I know its silly but I do like top level domains like .com .net and .org but I don’t go for .org’s because they are for none profit organisations… well that is what they were for originally. and .net are for networks but I do really like lucidart 🙁

  • Congratulations on your hostees! 😀 And about the new name, I can see what you mean, though I still love Elucidation. It seems just so unique to this site. But usually for business and being commercial I see how those who host sites want to change their names.

    I voted for other and I say you should have a name like maybe just Elucidation or something just very short. But if that isn’t exactly what you are looking for then Lucid Art was my second choice. 😀

    I’m still waiting to see that new layout. *crosses arms* *waits patiently*

  • Congrats on your hostees!
    Concerning your poll, I voted “Other” … How about “Lucid Arts”?
    Otherwise, best solution seems lucidfanart …
    Although, honestly, prefer Elucidation Art …
    I’ve not been a great help, I know: P

    PS: I too am impatient to see the new layout 😉

  • Dee

    I didn’t think about putting an s on the end, when Sasha mentioned it. But I like that too. lucidarts.com is gone but lucid-arts.com is available so I’ve added it to the list so you guys can vote on it.

    Yeah sorry about the layout… lol been working on it over Christmas but I’m cleaning up all the code and adding prettier functionality etc I’m just about done with the website but the gallery section is still needs doing and I’m going to update the entire gallery to the latest version and revisit all the artwork and give them all popper descriptions and credits etc should function so much smoother 🙂

  • Congrats on the hostees!
    PS : Thanks for the comment @IA. It’s Ben Barnes as Kalona from HON in my layout, by the way 😉

  • Dee

    Right well I just bought lucidfanart.com and .co.uk lol I took a stab, I the poll above showed the most people liked that, I know some of the comments were for lucid-arts but it just didn’t seem right with a – in it and the s on the end I would have loved lucidart.com but its not avalible. 🙁 and I’d always be typing lucidart not arts. what

    I am going to do is when I finish my new layout I am going to put the new domain on then and have elucidation-art.com forward to the new domain. but only when I have my new layout up… I have to do my gallery which I have to admit I’m being lazy lol.

    I’ve recently updated my OS to windows 7 and I have yet to put everything back onto my pc that I saved. plan for the weekend! and I need to do a site of the month but I might skip it this month and do it for next month we will see how this weekend goes and how productive I can be.

    thank you all for voting

    Dee. xxx

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  • Hey Dee! Congrats on being Sasha’s SOTM!
    I need to tell you IA has changed hosts (to Sasha, lol). Please change your affie link 😀