If you’ve already read Episode 1, you know that finding a good domain name can be crucial to the success of your blog or business website. It is your unique identity online, one that you can use to establish your brand and make it memorable for visitors. For me, a key advantage of having a good domain name is its SEO benefits. A domain name that immediately tells the viewer about your business is actually ranked higher on search engine results.
So, where do you find a good yet cheap domain name that can become your brand identity online? The good news is that today there are multiple domain registrars online, the bad news is that not all of them are reliable. Here’s a lost of 10 websites that you could check out for domain names.
10 Websites to Buy Domain Names From
GoDaddy is indeed the first name to strike one’s mind when they think of domain names and web hosting. It is the world’s leading domain registrar, in terms of size and market share. In fact, GoDaddy has over 30% of the domain registry market share. It currently serves around 17 million customers and has 75 million domains under management. The company allows you to choose from hundreds of names, available at the most competitive prices.
And, domain names are not the only services GoDaddy offers.
What makes Hover stand out from the rest is that it is a pure and simple domain name registrar. So, you don’t need to worry about them trying to upsell or cross-sell and raising your overall cost. In fact, since they do not have anything to upsell, their website offers a better user interface, with no ads or popups. They have good email and phone support, where you can receive a response within 24 hours. Hover offers an easy and seamless process for setting up domain names and their backend is great too.
When you buy your domain name, it is highly recommended to go with a company you can trust and one that is available for support when you need them. HostGator is one name that will never disappoint you on this front. It has been in the hosting and domain business for years, serving professionals, entrepreneurs and individuals.
With over 2 million domain names under management, BlueHost is one of the most recognizable names in the web hosting industry. The company was founded by Matt Heaton and Danny Ashworth in Provo, Utah. It is the #1 recommended hosting by WordPress.org and features 1-Click installations in all their plans. The enhanced cPanel is really simple and offers fast access to features.
DreamHost was founded in 1997 by four college friends who wanted to help people get online. Today, the company has more than 400,000 customers located across more than 100 countries and hosts more than 1.5 million websites. DreamHost’s domain registration comes with best-in-class domain management and free domain privacy protection. This domain provider offers features like DNS management, flexible auto-renewals, free sub-domains, domain forwarding and domain locking.
After GoDaddy, Namecheap is possibly the next best known domain registrar, specializing in additional features, such as web hosting, security, email marketing solutions and cloud services. Namecheap is a leading domain registrar that is accredited by ICANN, founded in 2000.
Gandi is a domain name registrar and innovative cloud hosting company. The company also offers SSL certificates, services for corporate domain name managers and great support. Their powerful search and suggestion tools help you choose the perfect domain name from among 700+ extensions. Their user interface is highly intuitive and allows users to manage their domain names and other products on their devices, without any hassle. You can easily link your domain name to your favorite email, social networking and publishing services.
A company based in Denver, Colorado, Name.com has been providing domain name registration and hosting since 2003. The company has more than 320,000 customers and 1.9 million domains under management. Most of its customers are extremely satisfied with their best and quick domain registration services. The company allows you to be extremely creative with the domain name, which could be shortened by integrating keywords like .LIVE, .NEWS, or .FORSALE or memorable ones like .ROCKS, .NINJA or .MODA to add character and personality to your website. You can even choose something like .DENTIST, .VIDEO or .BAND to describe your business.
One of the oldest consumer Internet companies, Network Solutions is a good illustration of the phrase “Old is Gold.” They are most well-known as a domain registrar, although they offer a myriad of business web solutions, like email solutions, website development, online marketing services and hosting services.
1&1 is a domain registrar and web hosting company with a large customer base. However, you might be surprised to know that they are a giant company and one of the largest registrars too, just like GoDaddy. Other than domain registration and web hosting, 1&1 offers a complete range of feature-rich web services that suit the skill level, needs and budget of every business.
With changing demands, you might eventually need a domain transfer. Some domain registrars do this for free, while others charge a nominal fees. So, make sure you find out about this before making a final decision regarding your domain registrar. And, don’t forget to watch out for any hidden transfer fees.
All the best!
Also read: Episode 1 – How to Choose a Good Domain Name