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Best Domain Name Registrars « How to Blog Series Post #8

Here I discuss about some of the best domain name registrars in this post.

Through my previous post in this ‘How to blog’ series of posts, you’ve already learned:

  1. What is blog and blogging in the eyes of today’s popular bloggers
  2. Popular FREE blogging platforms
  3. Most Used Self-Hosted blogging platforms
  4. How to prepare your computer to install WordPress
  5. How to Install WordPress on your local computer
  6. Introduction to Domain Names and it’s types
  7. How to get domain name for your blog, why should you have your own domain name, common mistakes in purchasing domain names, step-by-step instruction to register domain names

After you’ve learned all these important concepts, I hope, now you are in a position to buy a new domain name confidently for your blog.

So today, let’s look at some of the most popular and best domain name registrars so that it will be easier for you to choose one among them.

Domain names have become quite a commodity these days, but with dozens of companies all fighting for your business, it can be really difficult to choose the registrar. What could be the criteria to evaluate if a registrar is better than other?

Comparing domain registrars - weigh three apples

3 Factors to compare domain registrars

You might be wondering if it really matters where you buy your domain names. It’s true that all domain registrars do pretty much the same thing.Still, their policies vary and it may affect how you control your domain name once you buy it. For example, how easy is it to switch registrars and what kind of customer service do you get if you have a problem?

 

#1. Price

Price of course is one of the most decisive factor. You’d certainly like to save on every purchase and how domain names could be different. On other hand, there is general conception that good quality comes only in good price Smile

#2. Customer Service

Customer Service can be another important factor to look into. You are not yet perfect in domain marketing and still needs to learn to configure it so that it points to your website. There might be many situations when you need to configure some domain settings, for example when you wished to park your domain. Having a good customer service will give you peace of mind after you purchase. Thumbs up

#3. Value Added Features

Value added features are the other aspect that will attract you to one registrar among many available. Though two registrars charge you equal money, one might be offering more features and services than other. For example, you should pay additional fee for Domain Privacy, SSL certificate, DNS Control, Domain Forwarding and Cloaking and so on for one registrar while another registrar may be offering these features for free!

7 points to care while choosing registrar

Seven TipsApart from ease of use, services offered and business ethics, here I’ll point out some of the important considerations you should take note of while finalizing any domain registrar for your new domain name.

#1. ICANN Accreditation

Check if your registrar is in ICANN’s accredited list (click the link to visit the list of registrars). ICANN stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers which oversees the domain name system of the internet.

#2. Make sure the domain is registered to you

Happens often if you buy domains from free or below-cost domain names. The web host or third party registrar may control your domain name making it difficult or impossible to transfer to other registrars. So, make sure that you are the rightful owner of your domain name.

#3. Check what the fees include

Learn the pricing policy and what different services are covered by the fees. Whether the advertised cost includes ICANN fees or you should pay it separately.

#4. Unusual domain extension

When you are going to buy .com domain name, there won’t be much problem. Almost all of the registrars are allowed to sell those domains. However, if your wish to buy some unusual domain extensions such as .uk, .np or .in, make sure your registrar is allowed to sell them.

#5. Extra Features

Some registrars offer extra services such as domain forwarding, email accounts, email forwarding and so on. If you need any extra feature, make sure your registrar offers those services and if you can get it free or with additional fees.

#6. Private Registration

If you don’t want to display your personal information in Whois record, you need to purchase private registration. Check if your registrar supports it and if it offers for free or there is some additional charge. Whois search will tell who is behind the blog.

#7. Coupon Codes and Discounts

The domain registrars often offer discounts or issue some online coupon that will help you to save money while purchasing your new domain name. In some occasion like ‘Black Friday’, there may be huge discount coupon codes.

Okay! After you learn all these, it’s now time to check some popular domain registrars.

Best Domain Name Registrars

Thumb Up Best Domain RegistrarIn this portion of current discussion, I will point some of the best companies from whom you can buy new domain names. I have my first hand experience with some and others are based on the reviews they receive.

#1. GoDaddy

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According to the ConsumerSearch, GoDaddy.com is the most popular domain registrar. More than one quarter of all domain names are registered through GoDaddy which is almost four times to its nearest competitors.

With GoDady you have all the domain tools required to manage and you live in the feeling of assured!

Get $5.99.com!

#2. NameCheap

Namecheap Domain Registrar

NameCheap.com secured the first position in LifeHacker.com’s reader response. LifeHacker asked “Which domain registrar is best” in a poll with its readers, and NameCheap got 3506 (38.35%) votes.

NameCheap, despite the name, is not the cheapest domain registrar on the block, but they are easy to use and set up. However, it is praised for the extremely competitive price. Email and URL forwarding, security features, and domain management control are included with all registrations.

General Price: $9.69 per year

#3. Name.com

Name com domain registrar

Name.com is an ICANN Accredited Domain Registrar that provides unique and comprehensive services to a wide range of clients. The company’s goal is to accommodate the needs of their customers by offering robust domain registration and renewal services. Name.com offers a variety of web-based services that complement their abilities as a domain registrar. This is the third best domain registrar in my list.

General Price: $9.99 per year

#4. 1&1

1&1 Domain Registrar

1&1 Internet is the world’s fastest growing and largest web hosting provider, currently serving about 10 million customers with reliable web hosting and domain registration services. 1&1 offers some of the best prices in the industry, mostly due to their leverage as one of the largest providers in the field.

All 1&1 domain registrations include a simple five-page starter website (consider it a “super” domain parking package), an email account with 2GB of storage, and free private domain registration to shield your personal information. 1&1 also offers free domain transfer.

Free Domains with all 1&1 hosting.
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1&1 Instant Domain

#5. NetworkSolutions

Network Solution Domain Registrar

Network Solutions‘ domain and site offerings aren’t the cheapest, but they are unparalleled in terms of flexibility. It can be a great choice if you plan to manage a large number of domains and Web pages. Most other domain registrars offer canned packages for the domain name and Web sites of various sizes. Network Solutions reaches for a more ‘according to the menu’ approach.

To register a domain alone for one year costs $34.99, and to register a domain for a year with a starter Web page is $49.99. You get 24/7 toll-free support with every package. A five-page site is $109 per year, and a five-page site with two e-mail boxes is $149. No storage limit is imposed on your Web site. Network Solutions will let you register a domain for 100 years (for $999)—a helpful feature if you want to make your site permanent, because you’ll never have to worry about renewals.

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18 comments… add one

  1. I have a question about bigrock.in. Are they good as domain registrars? Most of the time I see their ads (even in this page right now) as domain registrars. Is it any different from the domain registrars you mentioned?

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    1. BlueRock.in is a domain and hosting company in India. It will be a solution to Indian customers if they can’t pay for international companies. But I’ve not seen good review about it and can’t recommend it right now. Hope it will improve its services and support in future.

      You can check http://www.mouthshut.com/websites/Bigrock-in-reviews-925641276 if you are interested to see what independent users are saying about it.

      Because the cost of domain names is not very high, I suggest to get registered with renowned companies like GoDaddy.com or Name.com or 1and1.com.
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  2. Hey, bro nice article and very well explained with graphics
    thanks for sharing bro, keep up the good work
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    1. Thank you Sahil. This is the 8th post of How to Blog series. I will be discussing about other aspects of blog creation gradually.
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      1. I will await for more in the series
        You can also publish an ebook with the series
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  3. I personally love godaddy.com

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    1. I also have some domains in GoDaddy and some in DomainRightNow. However, I discovered some other companies that offer you better features and services. How about having private registration for free with every domain name you purchase?
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      1. That looks great. I think i should try that too.

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  4. Hi Suresh,

    Really excellent your blogging series!

    For me, the price is decisive but the customer service is vital.

    I’ve heard not so good stories from Godaddy, even when were hacked internally and other registrars & web hosting companies took this opportunity to try to catch new clients, at that moment ;)

    Cheers,

    Gera

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    1. Gera, the hosting service of GoDaddy is often criticises and there are already much better hosts like HostGator than what GoDaddy offers. But in case Domain Names, GoDaddy is still the #1 :)

      Thanks for your visit and the comment. I appreciate your concerns.
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      1. Totally agree with you, Hostgator is one the best in term of hosting. GoDaddy should dedicate only to domains ;-)

        Good weekend there!

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        1. Thank you Gera for confirming with your experience. I find the GoDaddy domains are much better compared to the other companies.
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          1. I think there are other good stable and cheap domain registrars. I personally love namesilo and internetbs.net

          2. Hi Sushil,

            I never heard namesilo, neither internetbs.net. I’ll look at them and thank you for sharing your views.
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  5. I think you missed namesilo in the list. I personally love it.
    I have been with godaddy , namecheap and 1and1 previously but the moment I found about namesilo I moved to namesilo. Cheap and no hidden costs. And regarding the support they are not 24 hour online but solving a problem in namesilo is far more better and faster than I have experienced with godaddy. There are not much discounts and promotions in namesilo but for new costumers $2 one time discount is there with coupon code TRYNAMESILO and after that one time $1 discount with coupon code like ONE. ( This is my affiliate code).

    I would love to see namesilo getting listed for one more reason , Many big registrars only supports paypal and credit card but namesilo also supports MoneyBookers ; the alternative of paypal for peoples from countries not supported by paypal ; and wire transfer.
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    1. Thank you Subash Chandra for the input. There are really very few registrars that offer MoneyBookers (Skirll) and its good you have a good registrar allowing you more payment option. Hope people will find this information useful!
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  6. Really helping post.I always love to use coupon codes for saving money.I personaly know about godaddy,they provide more offers and coupons.Thanks a lot for share many important things while register a domain.

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  7. I was thinking of making a website, so its design and content all were finalized. After website was developed completely, than was time to decide on domain name. It is the most important thing, which can make a website live on internet.

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