I was about to post an image of my latest necklace on my website at http://art-zjewelry.com and accidentally omitted the dash between art and z. I found myself looking at an unfamiliar page with jewelry unlike mine. It looked incomplete, like a holding page.
What does this mean, I asked myself confused, annoyed and a little shaken. I’m quite challenged when it comes to computers and technology in general so I just sat there bewildered for a few seconds.
I needed to consult my daughter for an explanation and was hesitant to ask for her help – again! She was really only a few feet away but I knew she was working on her own websites, blogs, art and things and would probably feel annoyed at the interruption by her technologically dysfunctional mom.
Finally, I let out an apologetic, whiny “Sam, can you help me a minute?”. Of course she responded and without even looking at my computer asked if I’d typed the url in correctly.
Apparently someone else had the same name without the dash. I’m not sure what that page was. It was purchased through Go Daddy, possibly after I had purchased mine and didn’t have any real content other than an introduction . In any case, that url was way too close to mine and I didn’t like that.
If I could leave out that critical dash, then anyone looking for my site could do the same and end up on that mystery page!
I immediately went over to Go Daddy to purchase another domain name – my name. I’d like to think there are no other Zoraida’s out there but there probably are. I purchased the name “zoraidajewelry.com”. Hopefully no one else will buy some variation on that one. It will replace “art-zjewelry.com” as soon as I copy everything over and publish it.
So my website will remain as http://art-zjewelry.com for the time being and here is the photo that started the whole name change.