And what you can learn from him
If you’re thinking of running for President it’s probably a good idea to own your name (and all versions thereof) as domain names before you run for office. Long before you run for office. I would submit that everyone should own their own name if it’s available. You never know when it could come in handy.
Senator Ted Cruz failed to do so, and tonight TedCruz.com displays an image of Hillary Clinton with the text “Next President of the United States of America!!” Probably not the image you want to be associated with your name after having suspended your presidential campaign.
It has also displayed other political statements in the past.
What you can do with your personal domain name
So you may not be planning on running for President at any time in the future, but that certainly doesn’t negate the benefits of owning your personal domain name.
Host your own email
Use it to host your email, and you will no longer be dependent upon the mail system offerede by an internet service provider. No need to make do with firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org as your email address. If you own your own domain then you won’t lose any email, or be forced to pay ongoing fees should you have to change providers.
Manage your online reputation
If you are ever in a situation where you need to manage your reputation, owning your personal domain name will give you a great place to start. Reputation management experts would advise you to create a home page for yourself and start putting out positive information to counter the negative. It helps if you already own the domain name.
Host a virtual resume
Hosting a virtual resume is smart if you’re in job seeking mode. Even if you’re not in job seeking mode. Never know when someone will be looking for your set of skills. But they can’t come calling if they don’t know your areas of expertise.
So go to your favorite domain registrar, search to see if your personal name is available and if so, spend a few shillings and acquire it. When my oldest son was young I bought his domain name. A few years later I let it expire. A decision I regret to this day. It’s now owned by another father who is holding it for his son. That young man has a more savvy father than my son does.