Once you have your site designed and it’s ready to go live, you’ll need to purchase a domain name. There are so many sites offering great services it can be hard to decide which will offer the best features and deals. This listing highlights some of the most popular sites so you won’t have to spend much time looking for the ideal domain-purchasing site.
What’s in a name?
Domain names are a type of branding for your site. It pays to be a little creative so you can come up with the name that will serve as a good descriptor of your site and be easy for visitors to remember. Something catchy, yet relevant with some type of appeal should do the trick nicely.
Finding the right domain registrar isn’t too difficult because there are quite a few out there, but it pays to be a bit on the choosy side since they’re offering some competitive rates. You can get a good deal and excellent service. This list of the most popular registration services will help you to get started on the right foot.
This is an economical domain registrar that is among the most popular and highly recommended. Their customer service can’t be beaten and you’ll have a great choice of add-on packages at value prices. The service comes with URL forwarding, free email, and customizable domain parking. That’s not all either. You also get free domain transfers with dynamic DNS services that are good for redirecting a domain back to your home server. A one-year registration is $9.98.
This company offers domain registrations with one of the most comprehensive domain parking packages. They offer a five-page starter website along with domain registration and protection for your personal information with a free private domain registration. You also get an email account with 2 GB storage along with free domain transfer. Prices start at $4.99 and go up to $29.99 a year.
Gandi is popular for their clean and simple service. They’re straightforward in their approach to business. Each registration comes with two SiteMakeer pages at no additional cost, a DotClear2 blog, a year of free SSL certificate with a personal email and private domain registration. Gandi also has a dashboard feature that allows you to manage multiple domains with tag-based organization for easier searching. The cost is $16.85 a year.
Otherwise known by Name.com, this site offers simple searches for a domain name with the added feature of alternative suggestions. If you run dry on ideas, you may find the solution here. The Domain Grabber service that Name is popular for will hold onto a domain name choice and if it’s unavailable, they will lie in wait and take quick action the moment that it does become available so it will eventually become yours. There is an extra charge for this service, however, of between twenty and twenty-five bucks. This site is good when your only real need is simple domain registration. The cost is $9.99 per year.
- Go Daddy
Go Daddy is among the most popular domain name registrars because of their inexpensive package deals. If you’re looking for a combination service for domain registration and web hosting to boot, they’re one of the best. The regular price for their services is $11.99 per year, but they’re good at sponsoring special package deals. What you get with Go Daddy is a five-page website and it will be based on a Go Daddy template; a hosting plan; blogging tools; a photo album and email account with a gig of storage. Although they don’t offer private registration for free, registering five domains or more is free for all.