The debate surrounding hyphenated domain names (a dash between words making up the name) has raged on for years; and whether or not you should choose a domain name with a hyphen really depends on your particular circumstances.
The following is a list of some advantages and disadvantages of using hyphenated domains for your consideration.
Advantages of hyphens
Disadvantages of hyphenated domain names
If you decide to register an unhyphenated name, it doesn't hurt to also register the equivalent website address with a hyphen (or vice versa) to help deter cybersquatters who could potentially do damage to your brand in the future.
What about using underscores instead of hyphens?
The same type of issues would apply, however this isn't even an option - underscores can't be used in domains anyway as the character is not permitted. For a list of characters that can be be used view our guide to choosing a good domain name, which also contains other handy tips and guidelines for registering .au names or other extensions/
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